American historical monuments continue to be vandalized and removed as the cultural debate makes its way to Australia.
After a violent clash between white nationalists, Antifa and other counterprotestors in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month, numerous Confederate statues and monuments were defaced across the US. Many others were quietly disposed of by local authorities.
Protesters attacking the statues described them as symbols of oppression and racism, claiming they pay homage to a past regime that enslaved African-Americans.
A group of protesters tear down, kick and spit at a Confederate Soldiers monument in Durham, North Carolina. Source: WRAL
According to Fox News, city officials are now discussing the removal of historical monuments in Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville, Pensacola, Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, Lexington, Kentucky, Richmond, Virginia, Birmingham, Alabama, and Stone Mountain, Georgia, most of which were built in the early twentieth century and during the Civil Rights Movement.
Shortly after the Charlottesville rally, President Trump warned that mobs of protesters would likely move beyond Confederate statues. A few days later, Chicago police found a bust of 16th US President Abraham Lincoln which had been covered in tar, wrapped in roofing paper and set alight.
Statues of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus were also vandalized in several cities including Houston and Boston. A viral YouTube video showed a man smashing a monument of Columbus in Baltimore while the narrator explained that he was as a “genocidal terrorist.” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is reportedly considering removing the 100-year-old statue of Christopher Columbus from Central Park. Earlier today another Columbus statue was found decapitated in a park in Yonkers.
The far-left’s war on history even appears to have made its way across the Pacific. Australian police are currently investigating the vandalized statues of Queen Victoria, Captain Cook, and New South Wales Governor Lachlan Macquarie in Sydney’s famous Hyde Park. Graffiti sprayed across the statues read “no pride in genocide”, “change the date”, and “bow down”.
In the US, local governments continue to yield to increasingly radical and hysterical demands. Subway tiles at a train station in Manhattan are to be removed later this month, because they include a cross-like design similar (although not related) to the Confederate flag. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing for streets that commemorate Confederate General Robert E. Lee to be renamed. Several plaques honoring the 19th-century general were also removed from a closed Brooklyn church.
Last week, ESPN pulled its Asian-American announcer from the Virginia Vs William & Mary football game scheduled for September, because his name is Robert Lee. Students at the University of Southern California demanded the “racist” college mascot — a horse called Traveler — be renamed, because it shares the same name as the horse used by General Lee.
Yesterday, a petition appeared on Care2 demanding that Roosevelt Island change its name, because 32nd US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was also a racist, apparently.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the recent activities in the US and Australia as “a deeply disturbing and totalitarian campaign to not just challenge our history but to deny and obliterate it,” adding, “This is what Stalin did.”