Liberal group to spend $250 million to ‘reimagine’ historical monuments
The liberal Mellon Foundation announced this week that it will be spending $250 million to help Americans re-write their history by making historical monuments more inclusive, adding context and recommending which monuments should be removed.
“Launched in October 2020, the Monuments Project, a five-year, quarter-billion-dollar commitment by the Mellon Foundation,” says the foundation’s statement on the project, “will support efforts to recalibrate the assumed center of our national narratives to include those who have often been denied historical recognition. This work has taken on greater urgency at a moment of national reckoning with the power and influence of memorials and commemorative spaces.”
Grants made under the Monuments Project will be categorized in three different ways:
- Fund new monuments, memorials, or historic storytelling spaces;
- Contextualize existing monuments or memorials through installations, research, and education;
- Relocate existing monuments or memorials.
Critics of the efforts to “reimagine” national monuments say that effort is really just an attempt to rewrite American history in order to denigrate the country.
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was blasted by Congressional Republicans last month for convening a city commission on national monuments that suggested wholesale removals of monuments that are under the authority of the federal government, not the city of Washington.
“In a letter to Bowser on Friday, first obtained by Fox News, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. James Comer. R-Ky., said they were ‘shocked and appalled that Washington, D.C. — the seat of government for our great nation and named for our first president — would seek to erase the legacy of our nation’s founders and trivialize their contributions to the American experiment,’” said Fox News.
Jordan and Comer called the commission a “dangerous attempt at revising American history and desecrating the memory of our nation’s presidents, war heroes, and visionaries.”
In the rush to remove Confederate memorials from public spaces, radicals have also demanded the removal of statues of American giants such as Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Christopher Columbus.
In July, the Boston Arts Commission voted to remove a statue of Abraham Lincoln in the city that memorialized the emancipation of Blacks because it featured a free Black man rising on his knees from slavery as Lincoln looms over him.
“The Boston Art Commission will reportedly place the statue in storage, eventually planning to move it and ‘re-contextualize’ the figure before placing it in an unknown public location,” says The Hill.
The statute was commissioned by the city’s freed Blacks and installed in 1879.
“He’s being freed by Abraham Lincoln. And I can see controversy, but I can also see beauty in it,” President Donald Trump said about the statue.
Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has refused to address the controversy.
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