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The woke left is stepping up their assault on our country’s history with a new pledge from the mayor of Chicago to evaluate the status of dozens of statues around the city depicting figures deemed to have a “racist” past.
In a pledge to confront the “hard truths of Chicago’s racial history,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said this week that city residents will also have a say in what happens to some or all of the 41 statues, four of which include past presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, and George Washington.
The new commitment follows a move last year by Lightfoot to “temporarily” remove two statues of Christopher Columbus, who is widely touted to have discovered America (though that is disputed).
She did so following reports she claims the city received that “gave us great concern” that something bad was in the works.
After the Columbus statues were repeatedly vandalized in the way of the May death of George Floyd while in the custody of police in Minneapolis, Chicago officials formed a committee to review more than 500 monuments and statues with the objective of determining which ones offended the city’s current residents, none of whom were around when the statues were placed and thus have no historic reference or context from which to draw their conclusions.
Advisory committee co-chair Jennifer Scott recently revealed that members had selected at least 40 statues that they deemed problematic in modern times because they “promoted white supremacy, demeaned Native Americans, hailed individuals who were linked to slavery, racism, and genocide, and narratives presenting selective, over-simplified, one-sided views of history.”
So far, however, neither Scott nor any of the other committee members have revealed just which monuments fall into which of the various problematic categories.
Five statues of Abraham Lincoln (who was born in Illinois) made the list despite his role in preserving the Union and ending slavery; also, Revolutionary War diplomat Benjamin Franklin, a statue of which is located in Lincoln Park, is also included.
“Not included, however, is a statue of notoriously pro-slavery politician Stephen Douglas – though it is the statue that resides atop the man’s tomb in Bronzeville,” Just the News reported.
“Given the past year and in particular the past summer that made clear history isn’t past, it is essential that residents are a part of this conversation. This project is about more than a single statue or mural, it’s about channeling our city’s dynamic civic energy to permanently memorialize our shared values, history, and heritage as Chicagoans in an open and democratic way,” Lightfoot said in a press release regarding the ongoing project.
While no one has yet said what the endgame will be regarding these monuments, it seems clear, based on past recent experience, what’s coming: Mass removal of statutes that Americans today think are offensive and evil.