Douglass Statue Vandal Insists He “Wasn’t Drunk, Just Racist”

Rochester, NY – Saturday night, the Frederick Douglass statue in Maplewood Park was ripped from its base and leaned against a fence along the Genesee River Gorge. Today, authorities arrested the man responsible.

Travis Fletcher, a 2020 graduate of Fairport High School, claimed responsibility for the crime this morning, stating “I know this looks bad, but I can assure you, I wasn’t drunk. I don’t even drink. I’m just incredibly racist, that’s all.”

Travis’s friend, Spencer Lockton, reached out to The Inner Loop today. “A bunch of us were just trying to get wasted, and Travis started talking all this nonsense about vandalizing the Frederick Douglass statue,” Spencer said. “I was like “buddy, have a beer and relax,” but he just ran toward the statue and tackled it like a freaking nut job.”

Fletcher has been charged with criminal mischief. He is still undecided on whether he will be attending St. John Fisher, or Nazareth in the fall.

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