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Black Lives Matter extremists in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are reportedly intent on tearing down a statue that was paid for by freed slaves.
Known as the Emancipation Memorial or as Freedman’s Memorial, the statue depicting former President Abraham Lincoln and a freed slave has sat in Lincoln Park since 1876.
More notably, the monument was paid for almost entirely by freed slaves.
“The bronze statue, designed by sculptor Thomas Ball, was built almost entirely with funds donated by former slaves and dedicated in 1876,” D.C.’s official tourism site, Washington.org, notes.
“The statue was unveiled on the 11th anniversary of Lincoln’s death, with Frederick Douglass delivering the keynote address to President Ulysses S. Grant and more than 25,000 people in attendance.”
One hundred forty-four years later, extremists with BLM are planning to try and tear down the monument this upcoming Thursday, according to reports (*Language warning):
“Thursday at 7pm, we’re tearing this motherf–ker down.”
Protestors set a date and time to attempt to tear down the Emancipation Memorial in DC depicting President Abraham Lincoln standing over a freed slave.pic.twitter.com/zQKuSiqGaN
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 24, 2020
— Ken Duffy (@KenDuffyNews) June 23, 2020
The Freedom Neighborhood, who organized this protest, says protesters will *NOT* attempt to take down the Emancipation Memorial tonight.
They plan on coming back Thursday at 7 pm with even more support.
— Tom Dempsey (@KCTomDempsey) June 23, 2020
The extremists, most of them white, were seen congregated around the memorial Tuesday afternoon, listening to an unnamed figure propagandize.
🚨TEAR DOWN PRESIDENT LINCOLN STATUE IN WASHINGTON DC 🚨
Hundreds of (mostly white) protesters have shown up.
Why? Because this statue honoring the signing of the emancipation proclamation is “racist.”
Where did the statue come from? It was paid for and erected by freed slaves. pic.twitter.com/SL1OA8IaMY
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 23, 2020
Protestors shout “Power to the People” at Lincoln Park Emancipation Statue pic.twitter.com/m2NaOOmz7Z
— CJ (@PrinceMrCharles) June 23, 2020
Glenn Foster speaks to a crowd of a few hundred in Lincoln Park and says this Emancipation Memorial must come down. Says not tearing it down tonight but they’ll be back tomorrow and the day after. pic.twitter.com/IdAY0WbiEl
— Daniella Cheslow (@Dacheslow) June 23, 2020
The specific BLM subgroup that organized Tuesday’s protest, the so-called Freedom Neighborhood, has vowed on Instagram that it’s seeking “change … by any means necessary.”
“To achieve true justice, we are not working with the police, nor will we seek any relationship with them,” the group wrote. “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.”
Nor will it happen by heeding wisdom, knowledge and reason, it would appear.
Watch as the BLM extremists shout down a woman as she tries to educate them about the important events that are held at the memorial:
This woman was speaking about the educational events held at memorial for Emancipation Day.
— Tom Dempsey (@KCTomDempsey) June 23, 2020
Because of the actions of one local Democrat leader, it may not even be necessary for the extremists to return Thursday to carry out their nefarious plot.
Tuesday afternoon, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton announced plans to introduce a bill that’ll call for relocating the monument to a museum.
“Although formerly enslaved Americans paid for this statue to be built in 1876, the design and sculpting process was done without their input, and it shows. The statue fails to note in any way how enslaved African Americans pushed for their own emancipation,” she reportedly said in a statement.
“Understandably, they were only recently liberated from slavery and were grateful for any recognition of their freedom. However, in his keynote address at the unveiling of this statue, Frederick Douglass also expressed his displeasure with the statue.”
The designers of the Emancipation Statue in Lincoln Park in DC didn’t take into account the views of African Americans. It shows. Blacks too fought to end enslavement. That’s why I’m introducing a bill to move this statue to a museum. pic.twitter.com/A0MOnISH1N
— Eleanor Holmes Norton (@EleanorNorton) June 23, 2020
She was actually right.
“Speaking at its dedication, Frederick Douglass departed from his prepared tribute to Lincoln to voice unhappiness with the statue,” The Boston Globe reported last week.
“According to Howard University professor John W. Cromwell, Douglass ‘was very clear and emphatic in saying that he did not like the attitude; it showed the Negro on his knees, when a more manly attitude would have been more indicative of freedom.'”
Nevertheless, not everybody agrees with the thesis that it would be better to remove the statue and place it elsewhere.
My family has been here for generations and never saw an issue with this statue. We still live down the street from it. As it was paid for by freed slaves, that’s should be all that matters. Keep the statue in Lincoln Park.
— D Spoon (@SpoonProduction) June 23, 2020
I believe it’s incredibly arrogant to tear down a 19th century statue funded by those who Lincoln emancipated and replace it with a statue that honors 21st century sensibilities.
— Bejoy 🇺🇸 (@wokecicero) June 24, 2020
How many statues does this country have actually built by formerly enslaved people? It doesn’t serve modern needs, but consider what they gave to build that.
— James Schopf (@jcschopf) June 24, 2020
I am torn about this. Certainly the designer ignored black folks concerns but freed people paid for that statue and marched to it every year in the emancipation day parade.
— G. Derek Musgrove (@gdmusgrove) June 23, 2020
I can not say that I like the statue, but think that should be kept as an example of artistic and historical expression. It is a manifestation of the depicted history and the times when was designed and erected. It is not a reflection of present times and does not need to be.
— Diana Christopher (@dianadchris) June 23, 2020
The question of whether or not to remove/relocate the statue is certainly one worthy of a lively congressional debate. If BLM extremists get there way, however, there’ll be no debate — there’ll only be continued destruction.