Statue of Ulysses S. Grant knocked over in San Francisco
The crusade to erase American history continued this weekend as protesters ripped down a statue of Ulysses S. Grant in San Francisco, leaving many asking ‘why?’
Grant was elected the nation’s 18th president after serving as the Union general credited with defeating the Confederacy during the Civil War. As president, Grant advocated for the civil rights of former slaves and helped ratify the Fifteenth Amendment, giving African Americans the right to vote.
President Grant also passed laws cracking down on the Klu Klux Klan to stop them from terrorizing African Americans.
The former president was raised by an abolitionist father and despite marrying into a slaveholding family, he chose to set his inherited slave William Jones free in 1859. Grant was the target of constant criticism from this father-in-law and other southerners for working in the fields side-by-side with slaves owned by his in-laws.
Close to 400 people gathered to knock down Grant’s statue on Juneteenth, the anniversary commemorating the day African Americans in Texas were informed that President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
Politico reporter, Marc Caputo, tweeted a video of the Grant statue being pulled down and pointed out the insanity.
“Lost Cause meet Crazy Cause: using Juneteenth to tear down of the San Fran. statue of Ulysses S. Grant —who won the Civil War that led to emancipation, long before had freed the 1 slave he had been given & who was later eulogized by Frederick Douglass,” the tweet read.
General Grant is only one of several recent historical causalities in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Early on the Lincoln Memorial was vandalized in Washington, D.C. along with the World War II Memorial. On Thursday, protesters in Portland, Oregon took aim at a statue of General George Washington, lighting a fire on its head before pulling it to the ground.
No arrests have been made during any of these incidents leading many Americans from all political ideologies to call for the restoration of law and order.
On Saturday, before his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, President Donald Trump warned that those wishing to do harm in Oklahoma would not receive the same free pass they’ve gotten in other cities.
“Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes who are going to Oklahoma please understand, you will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis. It will be a much different scene,” Trump tweeted.
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