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Leftist Iconoclasts Want to Remove Oregon Pioneer Statue

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Confederate monuments are not the only artifacts of American history that are facing the politically correct Left’s wrath.

The College Fix reported on new calls from University of Oregon students and faculty to remove “The Pioneer” statue.

This statue was erected 100 years ago in commemoration of Oregon’s pioneering roots.

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Now, as its 100-year anniversary approaches, several members of the University of Oregon campus community demand that it be removed.

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NPR Oregon reported on the protests from students and members of the university faculty, which have generated a petition drive to remove this statue.

Some protestors held signs that said “whose history does UO honor” and “Who is the pioneer? It was evident that killing ‘Injuns’ was not a very unnatural happening.”

Other protestors see the statue as an apology for colonialism.

History doctoral candidate Marc Carpenter told the Daily Emerald that a “monument is a celebration. … So, to me, it feels very similar to the confederate monuments that speckled a large part of the rest of the country.”

The PHD candidate added, “It’s a monument to violence and white supremacy, and I don’t think those are values that we want to have as a community.”

In Carpenter’s view, “‘The Pioneer’ is a monument to violent white supremacy, and as such it should not have a place of honor at a university striving to be inclusive, diverse, and just.”

Another point of controversary was the statue’s origins.

The statue was a gift to the University of Oregon in May of 1919. According to two UO historians, the president of the Oregon Historical Society gave a speech which “extolled the virtues of the Anglo-Saxon race” during the dedication ceremony.

The president allegedly said that Anglo-Saxons believe “in the protection of life and of liberty and in the rights of property and the pursuit of happiness.”

He added, “This race has large powers of assimilation, and its great ideas of liberty and of the rights of mankind caused other races to become a part of it, so it became a people as well as a race.”

UO interim spokesperson Molly Blancett relayed a statement to NPR Oregon that came in response to the protest, which explained that a committee had been launched to review campus artwork and monuments.

The statement noted the following:

The Pioneer statue was unveiled 100 years ago to represent Oregon’s first European settlers. A century later, a more inclusive view of history recognizes that The Pioneer symbolizes just one part of the story. The UO fully appreciates that to many Oregonians, including those of Native American ancestry, it stands for something very different, the framing of history from only one culture’s perspective. We take those views very seriously.

Last winter, the UO established a presidential working group – led by Dean of Libraries Adriene Lim and Professor Dean Livelybrooks – to audit and review campus monuments, plaques and public art installations and recommend whether any changes need to be made to those features to recognize the diverse histories of our community. The Pioneer statue is part of that review, and the working group hopes to deliver a report, including recommendations, next fall. We are happy to share any research and information from outside organizations with that working group.

What is taking place in the University of Oregon confirms the fears of many on the Right. The confederate monuments were only the beginning, as the Left is moving on to other historical figures that they deem as “racist” and “reactionary” in their quest to destroy American history and cement political correctness culture in America.

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Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign

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The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.

At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.

Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.

“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.

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Fallon added:

I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.

“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:

This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.

I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.

Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.

“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”

“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.

“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.

Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.

A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.

Election Day will be on September 29.

Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.

 

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