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In a statement Tuesday, the White House excoriated Washington, D.C.’s “radically liberal mayor” for expressing tentative support for a plan that calls for essentially ridding the U.S. capital of all traces of this nation’s rich history.
Two months ago, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser established a committee to determine “what, if any, actions need to be taken” to scrub D.C. of anything that has “encouraged the oppression of African Americans and other communities of color or contributed to our long history of systemic racism.”
The committee completed its report this week, and in a tweet posted Tuesday the mayor said she’s ready to review their findings and then “advanc[e] their recommendations.”
This July, I tasked the DCFACES Working Group with evaluating public spaces to ensure the namesake’s legacy is consistent with #DCValues.
They have delivered the report, and I look forward to reviewing and advancing their recommendations.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) September 1, 2020
The problem is that their recommendations are radical, according to White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
“By publishing a plan that recommends potentially removing the Washington Monument, Christopher Columbus Statue, Andrew Jackson Statue, and Jefferson Memorial—among many other ludicrous recommendations—the radically liberal mayor of Washington, D.C., is repeating the same left-wing narrative used to incite dangerous riots: demolishing our history and destroying our great heritage,” she said in a written statement.
“Our Nation’s capital is rightly filled with countless markers, memorials, and statues to honor and respect the men and women who built this country. President Donald J. Trump believes these places should be preserved, not torn down; respected, not hated; and passed on for generations to come. As long as President Trump is in the White House, the mayor’s irresponsible recommendations will go absolutely nowhere, and as the mayor of our Nation’s capital city—a city that belongs to the American people—she ought to be ashamed for even suggesting them for consideration.”
Our Nation’s capital is rightly filled with countless markers, memorials & statues to honor and respect the men and women who built this country.
These places should be preserved, not torn down; respected, not hated; & passed on for generations to come. https://t.co/n6Vkroi0kj
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 2, 2020
The report specifically calls for Bowser to consider removing, relocating or contextualizing certain statues and memorials because the people they represent (including the Founding Fathers) allegedly don’t exemplify “those values such as equity, opportunity and diversity that DC residents hold dear” …
See the list of statues/memorials below:
- Jefferson Memorial
- Washington Monument.
- Columbus Fountain
- Benjamin Franklin Statue
- Andrew Jackson Statue
- George Mason Memorial
- Newlands Memorial Fountain
- Albert Pike Statue
“Our decision-making prism focused on key disqualifying histories, including participation in slavery, systemic racism, mistreatment of, or actions that suppressed equality for, persons of color, women and LGBTQ communities and violation of the DC Human Rights Act,” the report reads.
View the full report below:
The report’s publication spurred immediate outrage from high places, with even Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt expressing disapproval.
— Secretary David Bernhardt (@SecBernhardt) September 1, 2020
Black civil rights activist Robert Woodson, who’d actively participated in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, expressed similar disgust at the left’s unrelenting desire to rid America of its real history and replace it with fake history.
But Woodson isn’t just disgusted. He’s fearful because none of this is happening in a vacuum — it’s occurring as multiple metropolitans across the states are being leveled by non-stop rioting, destitution and mayhem from far-left extremists.
“They’re flirting with a very dangerous impulse when they start doing this. … In the Russian Revolution, the same thing happened there. They wanted to rewrite history,” he noted during an appearance late Tuesday on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“[W]e are reaching a level of depravity when rioters in Portland are locking people in buildings and trying to burn it down, and also, people are cheering when a Trump supporter is shot to death — I’ve never seen that level of depravity before.”
Listen to his remarks below:
(Source: Fox News)
But instead of forcefully rebuking these Black Lives Matter and Antifa extremists, left-wing politicians from Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden to mayors like Bowser have indulged their every whim by, as an example, adopting their false claims of institutional racism.
But Woodson isn’t buying the nonsense.
“If the problems facing, for instance, the inner-city blacks, can be solved by addressing institutional racism, what is the strategy for ending institutional racism, and what is the relationship of that remedy to the problems facing inner-city blacks?” he asked rhetorically Tuesday.
“We have a mother of an 8-year-old who was killed by a young black man, and the Black Lives Matter representatives came to her and told her she must really quiet down and not raise this issue, because it takes Black Lives Matter off message, it deflects attention away from their message.”
He may have been speaking about the parents of Secoriya Williamson, an 8-year-old Atlanta resident who was gunned down during a drive-by shooting earlier this summer. Following her tragic death, her parents called out the BLM movement.
“They say Black Lives Matter. You killed your own.” Secoriya Williamson, father of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, addressed the public during a press conf. today after his daughter was shot and killed last night while riding in a car w/ her mother in Southeast Atlanta. @11AliveNews pic.twitter.com/odowRbSXsq
— Natisha Lance (@NatishaLance) July 5, 2020
“Their message is that blacks being killed by the police, even though only 14 unarmed blacks were killed by police in the course of one year, and for every one of those blacks killed, 270 blacks were killed by other blacks, and yet, Black Lives Matter is going to convince us that the biggest challenge that we face are the police killing blacks,” Woodson continued.
“So, again, as I said, if fact-based truths are discounted, then lies become normal, and that is what is happening in our society today. Lies are becoming normal, and that is dangerous for all of us.”
And part of the reason they’re becoming normal is because they’re being openly embraced by every element of the far-left, from presidential nominees to mayors to the national media.