Around the nation, monuments and statues are shaking in their boots – at least metaphorically.
That’s because our nation is in the midst of a rowdy racial rebellion that has seen numerous former heroes of ours cast aside on account of the sinful yet prevalent behavior that they engaged in. No, there is no excuse for slavery or genocide or hatred, and these men did indeed commit evil acts, but that’s not to say that they didn’t also do good in the world. The issue among Americans today is how best to honor their achievements while denouncing their debauchery.
The angry young people of our nation have taken to razing the visages of those who committed racial wrongdoings, with the list of targeted statues including numerous members of the Confederacy, several former Presidents, and even Italian explorer Christopher Columbus.
And that’s just fine by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters Thursday that she did not oppose the violent, unlawful removal and destruction of a statue of Christopher Columbus on July 4 in her native city of Baltimore, Maryland.
“People will do what they do,” she said.
Black Lives Matter protesters dragged the Columbus statue off the pedestal where it had stood for over thirty-five years in the Little Italy neighborhood.
It smashed into pieces on the ground, and the frenzied crowd leaped and danced before dragging the remnants of the sculpture into the Inner Harbor.
President Trump has taken a much different stance on statue toppling, threatening vandals with up to 10 years of time behind bars for defacing federally-protected monuments.
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