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Native Americans Now Targeting Statues for Destruction

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Everybody wants to get in on the act.

We’re talking about another day, another cause célèbre for social justice warriors. The SJWs must really believe in idle hands being the devil’s playground — at least, they would if they believed in the devil.

Never mind. The SJWs are hard up for promoting causes that truly annoy us so they simply recycled arguments they used to smash Confederate monuments and are now using them to smash those who offended Native Americans.

Believe me, it’s a very long list.

Presidents, generals, icons like Daniel Boone, and the occasional bald settler who annoyed tribesmen by denying them a suitable trophy scalp to pin to their lodgepole.

I don’t think there are any monuments to that last entry, but for the rest, it’s a target-rich environment.

Los Angeles Times:

No other city has taken down a monument to a president for his misdeeds. But Arcata is poised to do just that. The target is an 8½-foot bronze likeness of William McKinley, who was president at the turn of the last century and stands accused of directing the slaughter of Native peoples in the U.S. and abroad.

“Put a rope around its neck and pull it down,” Chris Peters shouted at a recent rally held at the statue, which has adorned the central square for more than a century.

Peters, who heads the Arcata-based Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous People, called McKinley a proponent of “settler colonialism” that “savaged, raped and killed.”

A presidential statue would be the most significant casualty in an emerging movement to remove monuments honoring people who helped lead what Native groups describe as a centuries-long war against their very existence.

The push follows the rapid fall of Confederate memorials across the South in a victory for activists who view them as celebrating slavery. In the nearly eight months since white supremacists marched in central Virginia to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, cities across the country have yanked dozens of Confederate monuments. Black politicians and activists have been among the strongest supporters of the removals.

This time, it’s tribal activists taking charge, and it’s the West and California in particular leading the way. The state is home to the largest Native American population in the country and more than 100 federally recognized tribes.

In February, San Francisco officials said they planned to remove a prominent downtown monument depicting a defeated Native American at the feet of a vaquero and a Spanish missionary. In March, the San Jose City Council booted a statue of Christopher Columbus from the lobby of City Hall.

Other states are joining the movement. The city of Kalamazoo, Mich., said last month it would take down a park monument of a Native American in a headdress kneeling before a westward-facing pioneer. In Alcalde, N.M., and El Paso, statues of the conquistador Juan de Oñate have become subjects of renewed debate.

In Baltimore, a city councilman has vowed to replace a smashed Columbus monument with something that better reflects “current-day values.”

And so it goes on. In lieu of erasing our memories, they erase history. What happens when, someday soon, a pill or a device is invented to scrub all these awful, independent thoughts from our heads so we can all live happily ever after in the SJWs’ idea of paradise?  I’m sure that Bezos, Zuckerberg, et al. are hard at work

This is beginning to look an awful lot like Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Groups of youths running around terrorizing people who don’t agree with them, destroying politically incorrect statues, threatening and even murdering teachers who won’t cooperate in the brainwashing. The only thing missing is that grinning goblin, Mao himself, who reportedly took great interest — and pleasure — in descriptions of how his enemies were tortured and murdered.

I’m sure in the name of the revolution, as few incorrect thinking, President McKinley-loving folk like us as possible will be disposed of.