Nashville police discovered three words etched in bright red spray paint along the side of a war monument on Monday morning: “They were racists.”

The Confederate statue, which was placed in Tennessee’s Centennial Park in 1909, was vandalized in the early Monday morning hours, according to the Tennessean. Captain Chris Taylor of the Metro Nashville Police Department said the Midtown Precinct is investigating the incident and checking the monument for fingerprints and reviewing surveillance video footage from the park.

“The parks do experience vandalism, usually it’s tagging, more of a neutral nature. This is more focused, obviously, with a political statement associated,” Taylor said.  “A political-nature vandalism hasn’t happened in at least seven or eight years.”