ESPN reportedly decided to remove an Asian-American college sportscaster from covering an upcoming University of Virginia football game simply because his name is Robert Lee, a namesake of a Confederate general during the Civil War.
According to the Washington Times, the decision came in the wake of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which had White nationalists and neo-Nazis protesting against the removal of Confederate statues, including that of Robert E. Lee.
Vietnamese-American Ngoc Loan Tran is one of four protesters who have been arrested for participating in toppling a statute of a confederate soldier in Durham, North Carolina.
According to the Herald Sun, deputies arrested Takiyah Fatima Thompson, 22, on Tuesday afternoon for her part in pulling down the century old statue. Tran, 24, along with Dante Emmanuel Strobino, 35, attended Thompson’s court hearing on Wednesday morning when they, too, were arrested. Peter Gull Gilbert, 36, was arrested a few hours later.