Native American Purge of Statues Begins

We’ve begun purging Confederate memorials, so now people are demanding a Native American purge.

The moral panic continues as a Native American purge of memorials begins with the removal of a statue of President McKinley. It is now confirmed that every American town that allows a “progressive” regime to take power is in danger of losing it’s past.

When Osceola led the Seminoles against U.S. Forces, they eventually took him prisoner, breaking the white flag of truce by which they invited him to parlay. People at every level of the government and the military were outraged at this action, even if they opposed the Seminoles. After Osceola died in prison he was honored all over the country. Here’s the list from wikipedia of how he was memorialized:

  • Numerous landmarks, including Osceola counties in Florida, Iowa, and Michigan, were named after him.

This leaves out the national monument at Fort Moultrie.

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The people who did this were not possibly limited to those who sided with the Seminoles. As Americans, their instinct was to honor great leaders even if they opposed them in battle.

My point is: this moral crusade is unamerican! We have controversial people in our past. However we build on them or repair their damage, we should not purge them from memory.

The L. A. Times reports, “First it was Confederate monuments. Now statues offensive to Native Americans are poised to topple across the U.S.

Over the decades, this quiet coastal hamlet has earned a reputation as one of the most liberal places in the nation. Arcata was the first U.S. city to ban the sale of genetically modified foods, the first to elect a majority Green Party city council and one of the first to tacitly allow marijuana farming before pot was legal.

Now it’s on the verge of another first.

No other city has taken down a monument to a president for his misdeeds. But Arcata is poised to do just that. The target is an 8½-foot bronze likeness of William McKinley, who was president at the turn of the last century and stands accused of directing the slaughter of Native peoples in the U.S. and abroad.

“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.”

A presidential statue would be the most significant casualty in an emerging movement to remove monuments honoring people who helped lead what Native groups describe as a centuries-long war against their very existence.

The push follows the rapid fall of Confederate memorials across the South in a victory for activists who view them as celebrating slavery. In the nearly eight months since white supremacists marched in central Virginia to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, cities across the country have yanked dozens of Confederate monuments. Black politicians and activists have been among the strongest supporters of the removals.

This time, it’s tribal activists taking charge, and it’s the West and California in particular leading the way. The state is home to the largest Native American population in the country and more than 100 federally recognized tribes.

Read the entire L.A. Times post.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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