Days after Angela Rye, a CNN political commentator, called for statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to be torn down, a statue depicting the country’s first president in Chicago was badly vandalized.
Todd Starnes, the best-selling author and national radio host, warned of such a day in his new book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation.” Click here to get a copy.
Starnes wrote in his book that culture jihadists will eventually call for the eradication of anything created by our Founding Fathers — including the U.S. Constitution.
ABC 7 Chicago on Monday reported that the 100-year-old statue in the city’s Washington Park neighborhood was spray-painted with “Slave Owner” and “Burn Down the White House.” The report said that police found a KKK hood on top of the statue.
William Calloway, a community organizer, told the station that he thinks the graffiti was “accurate.”
“George Washington was a slave owner and that is a fact,” he said.
On Thursday, Rye said that “American history is not all glorious.”
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“George Washington was a slave owner,” she said. “We need to call slave owners out for what they are. Whether we think they were protecting American freedom or not, he wasn’t protecting my freedoms.”
He went on, “To me, I don’t care if it’s a George Washington statue or Thomas Jefferson, they all need to come down.”
ABC 7 interviewed Lionel Kimble, a Chicago State University professor of history and African American studies. He told the station that he believes a “conversation” about Washington would be a better reaction than “destroying history.”
“You cannot understand who you are as a people, if you throw away all the symbols of where you came from. A better conversation would be how can we come to grips with what these people did and where we want to go,” he said.
Critics of the emboldened movement to snuff out U.S. history have noticed a trend that shows targets expanding from Confederate leaders during the Civil War. Besides the Washington statue, protesters vandalized a Christopher Columbus statue, that prompted residents in the city’s Little Italy to help clean the spray paint.
“It was a symbol of pride to us Italians,” said Carol Vaniglia, a resident.
An online petition garnered 1,000 signatures that said Columbus “paved the way for the expansion of slavery” in America, and it’s now “time to stop putting people like him on literal pedestals.”
Protesters in Philadelphia vandalized the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution. CBS Philadelphia reported that the work to remove the graffiti is painstaking since it was written on “very soft and porous limestone.” But said that the graffiti should be gone in about two weeks.