Shortly following the death of George Floyd, statues and monuments were defaced and destroyed by rioters hell-bent on destruction. Initially, they concentrated on anything depicting the Confederacy.
The Confederacy, because their quest was to keep slavery from being abolished, became the immediate focus of “BLM” protestors. They felt by removing all traces of an era that wasn’t favorable to them, it never happened. But it did.
As humans, it’s customary for us to learn by mistakes made in the past. In this respect, the good, the bad, and the ugly need to be preserved so as not to have a repeat. But these Pablum eating snowflakes don’t think the same way as ordinary citizens. Their thoughts and ideas are skewed.
As the riots progressed the protestors soon lost their focus on the Confederacy and started taking aim at every other part of America’s deep and rich history. No statue was safe.
George Washington, one of the very most important figures in our history, and the first president of these here United States came tumbling down. But it wasn’t enough to simply destroy it. Oh no. They had to drape the statue of George in an American flag before setting it ablaze.
The protestors argued that George Washington owned slaves and therefore had no right to be chiseled out of marble and placed on display as a hero. Of course, Washington lived way prior to the Civil War when slave ownership was customary, so nobody during those times knew any better. Even slaves.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, facing pressure, ordered a statue of Teddy Roosevelt to be removed. Though Roosevelt had not one single thing to do with slavery, the protestors claimed he was practicing racial discrimination by advocating for colonial expansion. The word skewed comes back into play.
“The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue because it explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior,” de Blasio said. Erected in 1940, the statue was of Roosevelt on horseback.
Standing on each side of Roosevelt are a Native American man and an African man. Based only on this, de Blasio said, “It is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue.” Problematic?
Trump, when learning of this, sent out a tweet urging the city to not do this. But the liberals paid no attention to his tweet. The statue had to go.
Even the museum director where the statue was located, Ellen Flutter, bought into the ridiculousness by saying, “We have watched as the attention of the world and the country has increasingly turned to statues as powerful and hurtful symbols of systemic racism. Simply put, the time has come to move it.”
The ignorance of the protestors was on full display in San Francisco when they ripped a statue of Ulysses S, Grant from its stand, and smashed it to bits. Grant led the Union forces in the fight against slavery.
The left-wingers claim Grant was a slave owner, but they are incorrect. Grant was at one time gifted a slave, but it repulsed him so much he set the man free. Grant also prosecuted the KKK and was the first president to appoint African-Americans to important political positions.
Even a statue of the lyricist of America’s national anthem, Francis Scott Key, hit the ground. Nobody knows what Key had to do with any of this, but it was a statue just the same, so down it came.
In 1955, the city of Genoa Italy gifted the city of Columbus, Ohio with a statue of Christopher Columbus. The word “Rapist” was spray-painted on the statue prior to the city agreeing to remove it, while other statues of Christopher Columbus around the country have likewise been defaced. The question of why has yet to be asked or answered.
These are but a few of the historical tributes of the people who helped build and shape America. And whether we agree or disagree with who they were and what they did, there is not a magic eraser for history. We must as a nation continue learning from our past errors, but as all of the reminders of our past are destroyed, history is bound to at some point, repeat itself.