Protesters in North Carolina, Missouri, Virginia, and elsewhere have demanded that monuments built to commemorate Confederate soldiers be dismantled for the sake of honoring black lives. Others have focused their ire on statues of Christopher Columbus, the explorer who modern leftists like to accuse of bringing genocide and slavery to North America’s indigenous people. And still others are targeting statues of founding fathers like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, insisting that any good they might have done is more than erased by their legacy as slave owners.
But while you might sympathize (if not agree) with some of these goals, it’s much more difficult to imagine why protesters would turn their history-erasing rage against the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The single man more responsible for eradicating slavery in the U.S. than anyone else, Lincoln has long been regarded as the greatest president in our nation’s history.
But because a monument to Lincoln in Boston depicts a slave on his knees thanking Honest Abe for his freedom, thousands of keyboard activists have decided that he has to go.
“My name is Tory Bullock and I’ve been watching this man on his knees since I was a kid,” wrote the man who started the petition. “It’s supposed to represent freedom but instead represents us still beneath someone else. I would always ask myself ‘If he’s free why is he still on his knees?’ No kid should have to ask themselves that question anymore. If you feel the same then sign the petition!”
Hmm, does that mean that Colin Kaepernick wasn’t “free” when he knelt for the anthem? You know what, don’t even answer that.
Naturally, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is seriously thinking about removing the statue and has told Bullock that the city may “recommission it into something that recognizes equality.”
Judging by the way these protests are unfolding, we assume this means that the new statue will have Lincoln on his knees in front of an emancipated slave. Or perhaps Lincoln will be removed altogether and replaced with a monument to a black man throwing a Molotov cocktail into a Target or a Wendy’s. Or maybe it’ll just depict a row of people holding up a sign that says, “We’re sorry for being white.”
If Trump doesn’t win this election in a landslide, then our country doesn’t deserve him.