Activists Cover Civil War Memorabilia Shop with ‘Antifa Smurfs’
The shame of Kennesaw, Georgia is a shop called Wildman’s Civil War Surplus, a Confederacy memorabilia shop. According to a description in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Along with selling Confederate flags, the cramped storefront has an array of racist items on display, including an early Ku Klux Klan outfit with a noose around its neck, photos of people holding a Nazi flag and dolls of children with exaggerated African American features popular during the Jim Crow era. The dolls are stored on shelves labeled with a racial slur.”
Above we see what the side of the store looked like in normal times. And below is what it looked like after the artists collective INDECLINE got through with it.
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Kennesaw’s 11Alive News describes the work as “Smurf cutouts wearing Antifa-style clothing, doing various acts including raising middle fingers, urinating on one of the soldiers and another rearing back to club the other soldier with a bat bearing an anti-Nazi logo.”
You can’t say they didn’t have permission, though they did infiltrate the store to win the owner’s trust, and promised they would “touch up” the mural. In video INDECLINE posted to Instagram, the owner said “You do anything you want to do, I’m glad to have you.”
“Don’t say we can do anything,” the activist says, “We’ll put up a bunch of Antifa smurfs upthere.”
“Thank you,” the owner responds, clearly not understanding cultural references that are less than 160 years old.
According to the Marietta Daily Journal, Kennesaw Police are investigating the matter, but “There is no security footage of the incident, and a decision on whether charges will be filed is pending the outcome of the investigation and what the district attorney’s office recommends.”