While self-proclaimed antifascists deface literal antifascists, monuments paying tribute to another group of legacy leaders have fallen victim to the demise of “social justice warriors” purging the nation’s history in an ironic twist: civil rights heroes.
On May 30, rioters targeted their fury on President Abraham Lincoln, who literally emancipated the slaves and led the nation through its darkest time in history paving the way for the freedoms enjoyed by Americans today.
The Lincoln Memorial… THE ONE GUY WHOM THEY CAN THANK FOR NOT BEING SLAVES ANYMORE. pic.twitter.com/aAQ0bzIysa
— Asalieri (@TellahAsa) June 8, 2020
As the protests have gone global, so too has the ignorance of Lincoln’s historical influence, where monuments paying homage to the 16th president have been subject to mob vandalism abroad. Lincoln might have taken a bullet to the head for his life’s work but that’s not enough for the new left-wing outrage circus, because with this group paradoxically trying to rewrite history, nothing will ever be enough to atone for past generations’ sins.
Also in Washington D.C., demonstrators took out their rage on Admiral David Farragut, who, despite his own home state of Tennessee joining the separatists, remained loyal to the Union and is hailed as the hero of the Battle of Mobile Bay where he coined the phrase, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”
The Union victory dealt a major blow the Confederate States seizing one of its last major ports in the south.
Admiral Farragut led the Union fleet at the Battle of Mobile Bay. Farragut's home state of Tennessee seceded, but he remained loyal to the Union. He fought to save his country from destruction and ensured that Americans held in bondage would live free. https://t.co/kPh4Pyf9qy
— Jarrett Stepman (@JarrettStepman) June 1, 2020
Abolitionist icon Matthias Baldwin in Philadelphia also bore the brunt of protestor rage despite having championed philanthropies promoting the education of black children in the run-up to the Civil War and paid teachers out of pocket. Baldwin was also an ardent defender of black voting rights whose opposition to slavery led to great personal cost when the south boycotted his locomotive engines. None of that mattered to rioters however, who spray painted the words “murderer” and “colonizer” near his name.
Further north in Boston, demonstrators also vandalized a monument to the 54th Massachusetts regiment, the second all-black volunteer regiment of the Union Army.
“A thousand men signed up just after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, just think about that,” Liz Vizza, who serves as the executive director of Friends of the Public Garden preserving the memorial told WCVB. “These are men who, if they were captured in the south, would be enslaved or murdered. But this cause was so important to them, they signed up to go fight for their freedom.”
Add to the growing list of civil rights freedom fighters defaced by social justice protestors a Minnesota memorial to three black men who were lynched in 1920 following false rape accusations from a white woman.
Protestors in Duluth spray-painted graffiti on the Clayton Jackson McGhie memorial never mind their fall to real racism exactly 100 years ago.
A statue paying tribute to Polish-American hero Tadeusz Kościuszko in Washington D.C.’s Lafayette Park was also vandalized, who’s deep aversion to slavery led him to give away his inheritance to Thomas Jefferson to free his slaves, which unfortunately never went through due to legal complications.