Protesters blast Emancipation Memorial as Trump signs order to protect monuments
The Emancipation Memorial -- with a design dating back to Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 -- is facing fresh criticism amid a national reckoning on race. The original statue in Washington, D.C. and its replica in Boston have faced criticism not over Lincoln himself, who signed the proclamation to end
The Emancipation Memorial -- with a design dating back to Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 -- is facing fresh criticism amid a national reckoning on race.The original statue in Washington, D.C. and its replica in Boston have faced criticism not over Lincoln himself, who signed the proclamation to end slavery, but of his portrayal and that of the free slave.
But as protesters gathered to attempt to take down the statue near the U.S. Capitol Friday night -- and were met by heavily armed guards and a roughly 10-foot-tall barrier -- President Donald Trump signed an executive order on protecting monuments, a move he had teased all week.
"I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues - and combatting recent Criminal Violence," he tweeted Friday."Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country!"
I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues - and combatting recent Criminal Violence. Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2020 While President Trump has argued removing statues would force Americans to forget"our heritage," many Americans argue many of them are painful reminders of something else.
MORE: Trump on talk of taking down statues of Lincoln, Jesus: 'Not gonna happen'"This statue right here embodies the white supremacy and the disempowerment of black people that is forced upon us by white people. That is why we are tearing this statue down," said 20-year-old organizer Glenn Foster at an earlier protest this week.
According to the National Park Service, which maintains the park, an African American woman named Charlotte Scott of Virginia used the first $5 she earned in freedom to kick off a campaign as a way of paying homage to Lincoln after he was assassinated in 1865.
The funds to build the statue were collected exclusively from former slaves, NPS says, but the organization controlling the effort and keeping the funds was a white-run, war-relief agency based in St. Louis."Although formerly enslaved Americans paid for this statue to be built in 1876, the design and sculpting process was done without their input, and it shows. The statue fails to note in any way how enslaved African Americans pushed for their own emancipation,” said Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton of D.C., who is introducing legislation next week to remove the statue.
"Understandably, they were only recently liberated from slavery and were grateful for any recognition of their freedom. However, in his keynote address at the unveiling of this statue, Frederick Douglass also expressed his displeasure with the statue," she continued in a statement.
MORE: DC delegate in showdown with Trump over removing Lincoln, Jackson statuesTrump defended the specific memorial in a town hall with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday night, saying,"They’re after Abraham Lincoln" and offering his interpretation of the design.
"You’re signing the Emancipation Proclamation, and you have somebody -- I think that wasn’t free and he’s getting up -- it’s the position of he’s getting up. He’s being freed by Abraham Lincoln," he said."I can see controversy, but I can also see beauty in it," Trump said."It was paid for by slaves. I don’t know if you know that. It was paid for because they were so grateful to the president."
Story continuesTrump earlier Friday tweeted that he canceled a trip to New Jersey because he"wanted to stay in Washington, D.C. to make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced." I was going to go to Bedminster, New Jersey, this weekend, but wanted to stay in Washington, D.C. to make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced. The arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators have been largely stopped...
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2020 ...I am doing what is necessary to keep our communities safe — and these people will be brought to Justice!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2020 Four-hundred miles away in Boston, where the replica is publicly displayed, at least 12,000 people share the sentiment of statue critics in the nation’s capital.
In the hometown of the statue’s designer, a petition to remove the copy prompted officials to schedule a public hearing on next steps on June 30."I've been watching this man on his knees since I was a kid," the petition from Tory Bullock reads."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."
Doubleplusgood. Erase history. Forget that democrats fought for slavery. Stop protecting the insurgents. They want to destroy America and are starting with historic monuments.
Protesters blast Emancipation Memorial as Trump signs order to protect monumentsProtesters gathered to attempt to take down the statue near the U.S. Capitol Friday night, and were met by armed guards, but President Trump signed an executive order . They are trying to see how far they can push whites... Destroying monuments makes you a criminal.
Trump says he's signed a 'strong' order to protect monuments and statuesPresident Trump said on Twitter he has signed a 'strong' executive order to protect monuments, memorials and statues. ew Someone needs to. They are art pieces and they only way they come down is through a peaceful process like anything else. Why they defaced the monument in Boston Commons for the first all-black Union regiment is beyond me. Education sucks in this country.
Trump signs executive order to protect American monuments, memorials and statuesPresident Trump announced Friday that he signed an executive order to protect American monuments, memorials and statues and threatened those who try to pull them down with “long prison time.” To bad our MEN and WOMEN in the ARMED FORCES aren't How about protecting the American people. If realDonaldTrump can't convince Congress to support his agenda and has to sign executive orders, maybe he isn't as good at doing deals as he claims to be.
Trump signs order 'protecting' monuments as crowds topple statuesUS President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order pledging to enforce prosecution for protesters who vandalize public memorials, as he announced he was skipping a weekend at his New Jersey golf resort to ensure "LAW & ORDER" in Washington. Trump&39;s order follows a wave of civil realDonaldTrump also signs order attempting to topple Health Care for over 20,000,000 Million Americans. GOP SenateGOP senatemajldr CNN MSNBC closing in 128,000 Dead Fellow Americans & Counting Thank you! History is history both good and bad. We need these monuments to remember and learn from our history. We have to own our history both good and bad. Crowds? They are Domestic Terrorists! Get it Right Yahoo FAKE NEWS!
Trump says he signed executive order to protect monumentsPresident Donald Trump said on Twitter Friday that he has signed an executive order on protecting monuments, an action the President had been teasing for the past week. Thank you for letting reserving our great nations history realDonaldTrump A right way to protect history don-the-con trump is NOT: lawyer, Christian, Republican, teacher, brave, compassionate, minister, MD, x-military, CFA, historian, patriot, literate, CPA, diplomat, honest, TAX PAYER, chemist, trustworthy, farmer, FAITHFUL husband, law& order president, psychologist, PHD, physic.
Trump says he's signed a 'strong' order to protect monumentsPresident Donald Trump used Twitter on Friday to call for the arrest of protesters involved in this week's attempt to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson from a park directly in front of the White House. Now maybe can we do something about the virus or the economy? He's gonna name a stop sign a monument. As opposed to a weak one?