In the nation’s capital, demonstrators toppled the 11-foot (3.4-meter) statue of Albert Pike, the only statue in the city of a Confederate general. It has been harshly criticized by President Donald Trump, who has tweeted about possibly sending in the military to exert control. The cultural revolution claimed yet more defenseless statues Friday night. Maybe that’s all that’s going on here. Cooper’s opponent for a second term in November, Republican Lt. Gov. Grant also supported the 1868 Republican platform when he won the presidency, which called for allowing Black men to continue voting in the South. They toppled Ulysses S. Grant in San Francisco. Once the Civil War broke out, Grant joined the Union army even while many who he had served alongside earlier in his military career joined the Confederacy. Statues and monuments are coming down in cities that are choosing not to defend them. Gov. In San Francisco over the weekend, vandals toppled a statue of former president Ulysses S. Grant, who led the Union Army against the Confederacy during the Civil War. ), why aren’t the protesters going after them? That family gifted him a single slave, whom Grant freed while he himself was destitute in 1859. Roy Cooper said he ordered the removal for public safety and blamed the Republican majority state General Assembly for the danger. Associated Press writers Lisa Baum in Seattle and Ashraf Khalil and Ashley Thomas in Washington, D.C., contributed to this story. Protesters pointed out that Grant and his family owned slaves. After the war, President Grant put several Black Americans into positions of prominence and defended numerous others across the South as the Democrats and the KKK sought to intimidate them and drive them from office. Ulysses S Grant's statue toppled over by BLM protesters, angry Internet says he ‘freed a slave, hated slavery’ Many took issues with the toppling of his statue at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, stating that he stood against slavery There’s no reason for Ulysses S. Grant, the general who helped the North set the slaves free, to have his memory treated like it was in San Francisco. Then they set a … “What is happening to our society? In San Francisco, about 400 protesters pulled down three statues: U.S. Grant, Francis Scott Key, and St. Junipero Serra. I also seriously wonder if the police aren’t standing back and letting the mobs vandalize stuff in order to undermine BLM. Exit question: Given the Democratic Party’s heinous racial legacy (the Civil War, Jim Crow, Woodrow Wilson, etc. Those cities are all run by Democrats. Of current violence and disorder, NYPost says 'Call them the 1619 riots. The cultural revolution claimed yet more defenseless statues Friday night. In Seattle, authorities were investigating what led to the shooting in the area known as CHOP, which stands for “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone. ... His statue was a symbol of America. Two statues of two Confederate soldiers that were part of a larger obelisk were torn down Friday night by protesters in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a witness to war, he penned a song that later became America’s national anthem. Some cities, such as San Antonio, Texas, already have and continue to. Also torn down in the San Francisco park was a statue of Francis Scott Key, who wrote the U.S. national anthem “Star Spangled Banner.” Key owned slaves. As an attorney, he both represented freedmen and represented owners of runaway slaves. A statue of Junipero Serra in San Gabriel, Calif., in a file photograph. He presided over the … Rioters pulled down a statue in Nashville, … Protesters just in the past few days have toppled or vandalized statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and now Grant and Francis Scott Key. On Friday night, saboteurs ripped down monuments that were dedicated to Ulysses S. Grant, Francis Scott Key, and an 18th-century Spanish priest who was canonized as a saint. He was a slave owner too, before the Civil War. As for Key, and as if the complexities of history even mattered any more, he owned slaves but he later freed them. He was a slave owner too, before the Civil War. U.S. Grant was born into an abolitionist family. Saturday morning, official work crews came to the North Carolina capitol to remove two more Confederate statues. But several were removed at the order of North Carolina’s Democratic governor, who said he was trying to avoid violent clashes or injuries from toppling the heavy monuments erected by white supremacists that he said do not belong in places like the state Capitol grounds that are for all people. Most controversially, protesters also pulled down a statue of Ulysses S Grant — the Union general responsible for the defeat of the Confederacy — because he owned a slave. Copyright ©2021 PJMedia.com/Salem Media. Nearby statue of Ulysses S. Grant is also toppled. Saturday morning, Adam Serwer, a staff writer for the Atlantic, shared photos of the toppled Grant statue and offered historical context: Grant did briefly own one slave he freed years before the war; but as a general he smashed the Confederacy, and as president he crushed the Klan. A statue of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, author of "Don Quixote," stands after being vandalized overnight in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Saturday, June 20, 2020. He married into a slave-owning family, but he had no problem fighting to end slavery. Trump said “the choice in 2020 is very simple. Story continues. Protesters also pulled down the statue of Spanish missionary Junipero Serra, an 18th century Roman Catholic priest who founded nine of California’s 21 Spanish missions and is credited with bringing Roman Catholicism to the Western United States. On the East Coast, more statues honoring Confederates who tried to break away from the United States more than 150 years ago were toppled. People going after Grant probably just want to break things. This is what the Times wanted. 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