Some of the same leftist groups involved in the violent riot that resulted in the destruction of the Silent Sam statue at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill will hold a workshop next week to teach others how to be successful anarchists, first reported by Far Left Watch.
“Join us for workshops, political discussions, and actions to commemorate the one year anniversary of the righteous fightback in Charlottesville, VA against white supremacists and the people’s toppling of a confederate monument in Durham, NC,” says a Facebook event by Defend Durham called “How to Topple A Statue, How to Tear Down a Wall.”
The radical leftists have other plans for the event, too. They want to do away with the entirety of the criminal justice system.
“Black August provides us all with a mandate to connect these struggles, to raise the banner which calls for the abolition of ICE, police, and prisons; and to build a different world that is built with the power of the people, the power of the workers, and the power of all oppressed people,” the event description says.
It is a fascinating time in American history. Anarcho-communism is meeting the mainstream political left, and the Democrat party.
Event registration is directed to a page called doitlikedurham.org, which celebrates the illegal toppling of a confederate statue outside the old Durham County Courthouse last August.
“The people of Durham took the statue down, and the people of Durham should be the ones to decide what should take its place,” the page says. “Submit your ideas for what should replace the spot where the Confederate monument once stood!”
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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