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Protesters vow to tear down Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation memorial Thursday night.

Protestors gathered at Emancipation park earlier this week to announce they plan on taking down the statue of Abraham Lincoln Thursday night.

From Daily Wire

Protesters calling for it to be taken down say that the former slaves who paid for the statue had no say in how it would be built and that even in its unveiling, abolitionist Fredrick Douglas said it ‘perpetuated negative stereotypes about African Americans’. 

The crowd chanted ‘No Justice, No Peace’ as the woman was told to stop speaking. 

‘He freed the slaves for political advancement,’ one speaker said, according to WUSA9 journalist Tom Dempsey. 

‘Not because he cared, not because he wanted to. 

‘And the thing is that when we freed ourselves, we had seven years of progress, the best seven years for black people in the entire American history’. 

Police in riot gear were pictured standing in a group on the outskirts of the protest but no run-ins were reported.  

‘We’re kicking off the revolution with a series of shutting down the Capitol events and bringing attention to the injustices in the black community starting with Lincoln Park, a statue that embodies the racial undertones of black people being inferior to white people,’ The Freedom Neighborhood said in a social media post. 

‘WE WANT THIS STATUE GONE!’

 The group added that they would not be working with police to enact the change ‘nor will we seek any relationship with them’. 

‘In order to create change, we will do so by any means necessary. If you want a revolution, it won’t happen by being peaceful,’ the group wrote. 

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton has also said she wants the statue removed and will introduce legislation to do so. 

‘Because Lincoln Park is National Park Service (NPS) land, I will work with the NPS to see whether NPS has the authority to remove the statue without an act of Congress, and if so, we will seek its removal without a bill,’ said Norton in a statement . 

‘This statue has been controversial from the start. It is time it was placed in a museum.’ 

The protestors said they will not just take up space in Emancipation Square but that they will go to the rich people’s homes and take what is theirs. It’s ‪not clear what they meant by that. Part of the plan seems to divide their efforts and make as much damage as they can.

Trump on Wednesday characterized attempts to remove racist or problematic monuments as going to an extreme.
 
“I think many of the people that are knocking down the statues don’t even have any idea what the statue is, what it means, who it is when they knocked down,” Trump said, citing the toppling of a bust of Union general and former President Ulysses S. Grant as an example.
 
“Now they are looking at Jesus Christ, they are looking at George Washington, they’re looking at Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson. Not going to happen, not going to happen while I’m here,” Trump said.
 
“The District of Columbia National Guard is responding to a request to support law enforcement officials and has dispatched unarmed personnel, with others on stand-by,” National Guard spokesman Major Robert Perino said in a statement to CNN. “Activated Guardsmen are expected to provide security for local monuments and critical infrastructure.”
 
A defense official said Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy signed the memo Tuesday authorizing the activation of the DC National Guard forces, after the National Park Police made a request for the assistance.

 

Source: Protesters vow to tear down Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation memorial

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. David milner

    June 25, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    If we have to do this, I want Martin Luther statues removed.

  2. Carolyn

    June 25, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    I want to know why these people are not treated as terrorists and all arrested and hung. I want to know why Trump is talking but not acting

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