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Liberals Now Want to Tear Down Statues of U.S. President

California activists are now targeting the statue of a former U.S. president.

By NTK Staff | 04.02.2018 @3:00pm
Liberals Now Want to Tear Down Statues of U.S. President

The cultural strife over monuments in America that engulfed the country in 2017 continues this year, but the fight is expanding from Confederate statues to American presidents.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a city in California is trying to tear down a statue of President William McKinley, charging the former president with “directing the slaughter of Native peoples in the U.S. and abroad.”

Liberal activists in Arcata, California are accusing McKinley, who was assassinated in 1901, of crimes against humanity:

“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.”

Hundreds of McKinley statues exist across the country, the Times reports, and liberals in Arcata hope they will set the standard.

The city’s mayor, Sofia Pereira, supports removing the statue, comparing the U.S. president, who served in the Civil War on the Union side to Confederate General Robert E. Lee:

“Is there a difference between honoring McKinley and Robert E. Lee?” the mayor, Sofia Pereira, who was part of the majority, said in a recent interview. “They both represent historical pain.”

The issue of historical monuments dominated summer coverage last year after violence erupted over a Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. Some called for the United States to tear down statues honoring Christopher Columbus, Thomas Jefferson, and even George Washington.

President Trump warned on Twitter last August that a war on Confederate statues would lead to an expanded assault on American history:

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