First they came for the Confederate memorials, which, in many ways, wasn’t really all that much of a surprise.
And by “they”, I mean the radical left.
You see, Confederate monuments have a sordid, somewhat obscured history, with a great many Americans under the impression that they were erected in the aftermath of the Civil War itself. The truth of the matter is that a great many of these memorials were constructed during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s as a way for segregationists to not-so-subtly remind the rest of the nation of their confederate ideals.
So, when those statues starting coming down in 2020, those who feigned surprise and shock likely did so for ratings.
But protesters didn’t stop there. They began toppling statues of anyone from history with any sort of problematic behavior. Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Andrew Johnson, and others were targeted repeatedly over the course of the last several months.
The latest to face the wrath of the American left may come as a surprise.
Droves of protesters in Portland, Ore., took down the statues of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln on Sunday in demonstrations that had reportedly been billed online as “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage” by organizers.
According to The Oregonian, a group of nearly 200 protesters marched through parts of the town on Sunday night — some carrying weapons, shields and red paint — and toppled both statues before breaking multiple windows at the Oregon Historical Society.
The first statue to come down was that of Roosevelt, who has been known to have expressed racist attitudes toward Native Americans, and then Lincoln’s statue. The paper reported that protesters also painted “Dakota 38” on the base of the latter, referring to the number of Dakota men that were hanged after the Dakota-U.S. War under Lincoln.
Both statues were gifted to the city nearly a century ago.
The action was linked to the Columbus Day holiday, which has been largely marginalized in recent years, with many organizations, corporations, and institutions opting instead to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.