President Donald Trump was mocked when, during a Tuesday press conference, he suggested that anti-statue activists would soon turn on Thomas Jefferson or George Washington. Well, a Chicago pastor just proved him right.
A bronze statue of George Washington on horseback stands at the corner of 51st and King Drive, at the northwest entrance to Washington Park.
Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park.
Trump’s critics said that the founding fathers would not become a target because slave ownership was socially-acceptable in the 18th and early 19th century. So if slave ownership is not the reason for Bishop Duke wanting our first president’s monument removed, what ever could it be?
“In an African-American community, it’s a slap in the face and it’s a disgrace for them to honor someone who was a slave owner,” Dukes said.
Oh? Surprise! It was because he was a slave owner.
But Washington’s monument and park aren’t enough for the bishop. He also wants nearby Andrew Jackson Park renamed because President Jackson also owned slaves. With his thinking, all monuments to the founding fathers will need to be eradicated, hidden, renamed or moved … somewhere.
Such is the war on statues. The history-erasing left sees their current goal of removing civil war statues almost complete. Cities are now pulling up monuments in droves and in the dead of night. Even a hacking group is jumping into the fray hoping to topple as many as 11 statues this Friday. The statue warriors are gaining a foothold in the minds of Americans. They have convinced the public that it is ok to erase the events and people that made this country what it is. And they need the war to continue.
As I wrote Tuesday, the founding fathers will be next. Then Reagan, Bush (both), maybe some great generals like Ike or Patton would need to be de-romanticized (or whatever term they make up for it.) Who knows? What is certain is that it will continue.
Historical negationism has its roots in Communism so it is no wonder that groups like the World Workers Party are at the forefront of The War on Statues.
For the American way of life to cease, for that shining city on the hill to go dark all we need to do is let history fade.