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Democrats Pull Another Islamic State Trick Out of Their Book, Topple Statue They Don’t Like #Confederate #statue

Furious with conservatives making apt comparisons to the racism of Democrats today, with their racism of the past, Democrats gathered again to pull yet another Islamic State inspired stunt, and pulled down a statue they found offensive.

Fascist-minded Democrats toppled the Silent Sam Confederate statue on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill on Monday night.

The monument was ripped down after 9:15 p.m. Earlier in the evening, protesters covered the statue with tall, gray banners, erecting “an alternative monument” that said, in part, “For a world without white supremacy.”

Ironic statement for a group that supported Hillary Clinton after she got a $20,000 donation to her campaign by the KKK.

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Islamic State imitating Democrats were apparently working behind the covering with ropes to bring the statue down, which happened more than two hours into a rally. It fell with a loud clanging sound, and the crowd erupted in cheers, reports the Daily Tar Heel.

After Silent Sam tumbled to the ground, people darted in and out of the crowd through a haze from smoke bombs. Atop the statue someone placed a black cap that said, “Do It Like Durham,” an apparent reference to the toppling of a Confederate statue there a year ago.

History-hating leftists rushed to the remains, taking photos and stomping on the monument that had been erected in 1913 with donations from the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The statue has been the focus of protests and vandalism for decades, but especially in the past year. UNC had installed surveillance cameras and spent $390,000 on security around the statue last year.

Andrew Skinner, 23, who graduated from UNC earlier this year, said he was glad the statue fell in an illegal act.

Monday’s gathering started as a demonstration in support of a UNC graduate student who faces criminal and honor court charges for throwing red ink and blood on the Confederate statue in April. The downtown Franklin Street event quickly morphed into a march to the UNC campus, where police officers stood at the monument.

A skirmish broke out early when someone threw a smoke bomb. Police chased one man and arrested another for resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.

The protesters quickly took control of the area immediately around the statue, hoisting four tall banners in a square that almost completely obscured it. The head of the Confederate soldier occasionally poked out from the top of the banners.

Police formed a perimeter around protesters. One banner said, “The whole world is watching. Which side are you on?” Some of the demonstrators wore Carolina blue bandannas over their faces that said, “Sam must fall.”

Several bystanders wearing Confederate flags on T-shirts watched the protest. Clint Procell, 31, wore a Trump hat. A self-described conservative, Procell said he wanted to see for himself how intolerant the people protesting Silent Sam were, and the experience didn’t disappoint. He said he was pushed and his hat was temporarily stolen.

“The main reason for me to come was to see the people fighting against Trump,” he said. He described some of the protesters’ language as hateful against police and conservatives, but said he also had several conversations that were remarkably open.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s office also released a statement, saying he “understands that many people are frustrated by the pace of change and he shares their frustration, but violent destruction of public property has no place in our communities.”

The question by late Monday was what will happen now that the statue has been torn off its base. It was face down in the mud as a late night thunderstorm passed through town. Police cordoned off the area around the statue with yellow crime scene tape. Eventually, the statue was loaded into a truck.

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Earlier this year, outrage from Native American activists and their supporters has led a liberal California city closer to tearing down what they considered an offensive monument — to President William McKinley.

It’s the latest in a string of moves to scrap monuments decried as offensive to Native Americans (who are actually just descendants of Siberian migrants) — coming after the nationwide controversy over statues of Confederate leaders.

The activists in Arcata, Calif., some 280 miles north of San Francisco, wanted the city’s 8½-foot bronze statue of McKinley taken down because they said the 25th president of the United States was a proponent of “settler colonialism” that “savaged, raped and killed,” the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous People told The Los Angeles Times.

In February the City Council of the sanctuary city voted 4 to 1 to get rid of the statue.

“Is there a difference between honoring McKinley and Robert E. Lee?” Mayor Sofia Pereira told the Times. “They both represent historical pain.”

Arcata, according to the newspaper, was the first American city to ban the sale of genetically modified foods, the first to elect a majority Green Party city council and one of the first to allow marijuana farming before marijuana was legal. Now it would be the first city to rip down a presidential statue.

It will take eight months to remove the monument with a total cost of $65,000, pending a lengthy environmental review required by state law, according to the report.

The statue has been in Arcata Plaza since 1906, according to the Times, when a local businessman gave it to the city to honor “the first modern president.”

McKinley, an expansionist president, was born in Ohio and assassinated early in his second term. He was shot at the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition in September 1901, and died eight days later.

“The Native people here have avoided that square for years,” Ted Hernandez, chairman of the 620-member Wiyot Tribe, based on a reservation about 20 miles south of Arcata, told the Times. “Why do we have this man standing in this square where they used to sell our children?”

David LaRue, who has lived in Arcata for 22 years, has been gathering signatures for a ballot initiative to let the city’s residents decide the statue’s fate.

“Certainly by today’s standards, he had different ways of looking at things,” he told the Times. “But looking at Abraham Lincoln by today’s standards, you could also say he was a horrible racist.”

The activists say they were spearheaded by the wave of protests over Confederate monuments across the U.S. in the last year. Protests against gained Confederate monuments momentum following the racially motivated 2015 murders of nine people at an African-American church in South Carolina and again after last year’s violent protests at a white supremacist rally in Virginia.

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James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
August 21st, 2018

 

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