Activists at the University of Virginia want to make the university the next causality of political correctness.
A petition is circulating around campus demanding that the school remove a statue that depicts soldiers in an aggressive pose with a Native American family.
David Swanson is collecting signatures for a petition calling for the removal of a George Rogers Clark statue.
Swanson is currently in contact with UVa President Jim Ryan about the statue.
According to a spokesman, Ryan has delivered the petition to the school’s segregation commission.
Swanson stated, “We’ve all been living in Charlottesville year after year and walking by this statue and not noticing or complaining or making an issue of it.”
He added, “None of the statues [in the area] are actually inoffensive.”
George Rogers Clark was a general born in Albemarle County who fought Native American tribes when the U.S. expanded west in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War.
The statue labels him as the “Conqueror of the Northwest.”
This monument portrays Clark on horseback as a Native American family is cowering in fear and one of Clark’s soldiers is at his side brandishing a firearm.
Anthony Guy Lopez, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe in South Dakota and master’s degree holder in anthropology from UVa, said, “It looks like they’re about to be trampled or killed.”
This is one of two statues that Paul Goodloe McIntire donated to the city in the 1920s with portrayals of Native Americans.
Additionally, McIntire donated a statue of the Lemhi Shoshone guide Sacagawea kneeling before the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The city of Charlottesville is also flirting with the idea of removing this statue.
Lopez claims, “The university is even behind the city. They’ve done nothing to … mitigate the negative message conveyed by their colonial trophy.”
What many conservatives have feared is now coming true.
Confederate monuments were low-hanging fruits for PC activists.
Now, they’re going after any monument that can be construed as racist.
There’s no telling how far the iconoclastic Left will go.
But based on their modus operandi, figures like the American Founding Fathers could soon be fair game if their PC antics are left unchecked.
That’s how far the Left is willing to push the envelope these days.
NO MURDER CHARGES: Fired Detective Brett Hankinson Receives Indictment for Wanton Endangerment, No Officers are Charged for the Death of Breonna Taylor
On September 23, 2020, Jefferson County Judge Annie O’Connell announced that fired detective Brett Hankinson will be indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for his actions on the night of Breonna Taylor’s death.
Hankison had previously admitted to shooting blindly. Some of those shots were fired into neighboring apartments not into Breonna Taylor’s where her boyfriend had opened fire onto police.
Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, the other two officers involved in a serving a search warrant on the night that Taylor was killed, did not receive any charges.
The city of Louisville was placed under a state of emergency on September 22, when city officials shutdown a significant portion of the city perimeter to traffic. The majority of administrative building and other businesses were boarded up prior to the decision. Louisville has been rocked by riots related to Taylor’s death in March. These riots have been occurring for over 100 days and have resulted in a number of deaths and heated confrontations with law enforcement.
Starting on the night of September 23, there will be a 72-hour curfew in Louisville. The curfew will not apply to people partaking in essential travel, which includes work-related purposes or medical attention. Kentucky National Guard members will be deployed to the city for the purpose of maintaining public order.
Given the indictment doesn’t match the BLM demands of murder charges for all officers involved, such precautionary measures are necessary to quell potential unrest coming from the Left. Since May, radical leftists have taken advantage of controversial police actions to tear up property and cause mayhem across the country. An incident like Taylor’s death is most assuredly being politicized by the Left and will likely fuel further disturbances across the nation.
Conservatives and nationalists should make it a point to promote healthy debate, while establishing a baseline of public security, to ensure that the country does not spiral further out of control in such times of instability.
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