A large group of people gathered in front of Hollywood City Hall to demonstrate in favor of removing street signs named after Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, John Bell Hood and Nathan Bedford Forrest. Another group of people demonstrated in favor of keeping the signs in place. As the demonstrators on both sides grew louder and angrier, a group of Hollywood police officers positioned themselves between the two groups.
During the Hollywood Commission meeting, five demonstrators came into the commission chambers and began yelling about no racists signs and no KKK and shame. The five people were removed from the commission chambers and arrested by the Hollywood Police.
During the demonstration, people identifying themselves as conservatives yelled angrily about a lack of respect for American values. Others said they wanted to preserve history by keeping the signs in place.
Linda Schainberg said one of her ancestors fought for the Confederacy as an infantry soldier, “You can’t erase history. We should honor those people who fought for the Confederacy,” she said.
David Rosenthal lives on Forrest Street and does not want the name on his street changed. “I don’t want to have to pay money to have my documents changed. I don’t think the street signs should be changed,” he said.
Wendy King, a leaders of the demonstrators in favor of changing the street signs said, “We want the Commission to change the street sign names. The names, Forrest, Lee and Hood are an insult to the community,” she said.
Benjamin Israel, a community activist who has long campaigned to have the signs taken down spoke during comments at the Commission meeting, He said the generals who are honored with street signs were not heroes they were traitors. He compared naming the streets after them as like naming a street after Jack the Ripper.