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. 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. But after they cleared the area, the protesters returned an finished the job. 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. Lincoln famously led the Union’s defeat of the Confederacy in the Civil … 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. Story continues. U.S. Grant was born into an abolitionist family. Cooper’s opponent for a second term in November, Republican Lt. Gov. In an unrelated case, Denzel A. Jackson Jr., 21, of Madison, was charged with stealing an AR-15 rifle from a Madison police squad car as it was battered, spray-painted and ultimately set ablaze on May 30 just off State Street, the first night of protests … Some cities, such as San Antonio, Texas, already have and continue to. Hundreds showed up to tear down the statues in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on … https://t.co/iJebfjs8Od. Saturday morning, official work crews came to the North Carolina capitol to remove two more Confederate statues. Rioters pulled down a statue in Nashville, … A renewed national movement to heal memories and correct the injustices of racism and police brutality in our country has been hijacked by some into a movement of violence, looting and vandalism,” he said in a statement Saturday night. Ulysses Grant, Lincoln’s hammer in ending … ... His statue was a symbol of America. Roy Cooper said he ordered the removal for public safety and blamed the Republican majority state General Assembly for the danger. People going after Grant probably just want to break things. In Seattle, authorities were investigating what led to the shooting in the area known as CHOP, which stands for “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone. https://t.co/rVtPOcvyAN, — Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) June 20, 2020. In response, a new base was created. Police officers were called out to the park, but they didn’t intervene. He chose to set him free instead, well before the Civil War. The statues targeted included a bust of Ulysses Grant, who was the U.S. president after he was the general who finally beat the Confederates and ended the Civil War. May 30: Edward Carmack, Tennessee. 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. He presided over the ratification of the 15th Amendment. 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. More than 20 U.S. cities have had statues toppled or ripped down by protesters in the wake of George Floyd's death in the custody of Minneapolis police. The statue was first toppled in 1896 by members of the stonecutters’ union who objected to the use of prison labor to construct the base for Grant’s monument, believing this dishonored the former president’s legacy. Police officers initially stopped the demonstrators. Police released few other details about the shooting. One statue was dedicated to the women of the Confederacy, and another was placed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy honoring Henry Wyatt, the first North Carolinian killed in battle in the Civil War, news outlets reported. 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. “It is clear that Gov. We’re well past the point of simply removing Confederate monuments or statues to slaveholders now. Collins reported from Columbia, South Carolina. Florida Man Friday: Crazy Guy Who Stole Pelosi's Podium Identified As You-Know-You, Rep. Eric Swalwell Tries to Sic FBI on BlazeTV Journalist Elijah Schaffer for Covering Capitol Riot, Victor Davis Hanson Provides Sage Advice But Only One Side Listens, ABC News Executive Calls for 'Cleansing' the Trump Movement From America, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Maybe that’s all that’s going on here. He was a slave owner too, before the Civil War. Do you want to bow before the left-wing mob or do you want to stand up tall and proud as Americans?”. Serra forced Native Americans to stay at those missions after they were converted or face brutal punishment. I also seriously wonder if the police aren’t standing back and letting the mobs vandalize stuff in order to undermine BLM. It has been harshly criticized by President Donald Trump, who has tweeted about possibly sending in the military to exert control. Protesters in San Francisco on Friday toppled the statue of former President Grant, who led the Union Army during the Civil War, in Golden Gate Park. 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 San Francisco police said that approximately 400 people gathered around 8 p.m. … Also torn down in the park on Friday were the statues of St. Junipero Serra and Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”, 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. ULYSSES S. GRANT STATUE TOPPLED IN SAN FRANCISCO. Exit question: Given the Democratic Party’s heinous racial legacy (the Civil War, Jim Crow, Woodrow Wilson, etc. On the East Coast, more statues honoring Confederates who tried to break away from the United States more than 150 years ago were toppled. All Rights Reserved. News Ulysses S. Grant A day after Portland rioters tore down a nearly 100-year-old statue of George Washington, vandals toppled more historic statues. San Francisco Archbishop Salvadore Cordileone criticized the pulling down of the Junipero Serra statue. However, his statue was toppled by modern Americans like they were Iraqis freed of the monstrous Saddam Hussein. The latest statues to be toppled by BLM protesters are that of Ulysses S. Grant, who led Northern Union soldiers in the Civil War, and Francis Scott Key, the lyricist behind ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ puzzling and outraging many. As for Key, and as if the complexities of history even mattered any more, he owned slaves but he later freed them. In Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, North Carolina, it was another night of tearing down Confederate statues. 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. These people should be immediately arrested. Gov. Thank you.' This is what the Times wanted. Nearby statue of Ulysses S. Grant is also toppled. ), why aren’t the protesters going after them? Trump said “the choice in 2020 is very simple. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Protesters tore down more statues across the United States, expanding the razing in a San Francisco park to the writer of America’s national anthem and the general who won the country’s Civil War that ended widespread slavery. The statues targeted included a bust of Ulysses Grant, who was the U.S. president after he was the general who finally beat the Confederates and ended the Civil War. St. Junipero Serra was an early Spanish missionary who later became the first saint to be canonized on U.S. soil, in 1988. A statue of Junipero Serra in San Gabriel, Calif., in a file photograph. Of current violence and disorder, NYPost says 'Call them the 1619 riots. Dan Forest, issued a statement saying Cooper did nothing to stop the destruction of statues and was either incompetent or encouraging lawlessness. As an attorney, he both represented freedmen and represented owners of runaway slaves. 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 … Even Gandhi got vandalized, in the city currently known as Washington, District of Columbia. Statue-Toppling Gangs Target Ulysses S. Grant, National Anthem Lyricist. Another statue, Forward, was also toppled the same night. Protesters pointed out that Grant and his family owned slaves. Nearby statue of Ulysses S. Grant is also toppled. In San Francisco, about 400 protesters pulled down three statues: U.S. Grant, Francis Scott Key, and St. Junipero Serra. In the nation’s capital, demonstrators toppled the 11-foot statue of Albert Pike, the only statue in the city of a Confederate general. 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. Protesters in San Francisco on Friday toppled the statue of former President Grant, who led the Union Army during the Civil War, in Golden Gate Park. He married into a slave-owning family, but he had no problem fighting to end slavery. Two statues of two Confederate soldiers that were part of a larger obelisk were torn down Friday night by protesters in Raleigh, North Carolina. San Francisco police said that approximately 400 people gathered around 8 p.m. to take down the statue, though no arrests were made, according to NBC Bay Area. The statues are falling amid continuing anti-racism demonstrations following the May 25 police killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd, the African American man who died after a white police officers pressed his knee on his neck and whose death galvanized protesters around the globe to rally against police brutality and racism. SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The statues of Junipero Serra, Francis Scott Key, U.S. Grant laid on the ground in the pre-dawn darkness of Golden Gate Park Saturday, toppled, broken and defaced by a large crowd of Juneteenth protesters who gathered Friday night to demand an end to racial injustice. The crowd threw objects at the officers, but no injuries or arrests were reported, San Francisco Police spokesman Officer Adam Lobsinger said. He presided over the … Lincoln has been touted by many on the left and right, including former President Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who mentioned him during a debate in October. Two men with gunshot wounds arrived in a private vehicle at a hospital about 3 a.m. One died, and the other was in critical condition, Harborview Medical Center spokesperson Susan Gregg said. Then they set a bonfire and stood around it in a circle as the statue burned, chanting, “No justice, no peace!” and “No racist police!”, Trump quickly tweeted about the toppling, calling out D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and writing: “The DC police are not doing their job as they watched a statue be ripped down and burn. They dragged the statues down the street and strung one up by the neck from a light post. The statues targeted included a bust of Ulysses Grant, who was the U.S. president after he was the general who finally beat the Confederates and ended the Civil War. In San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park along the Pacific Ocean, protesters sprayed red paint and wrote “slave owner” on pedestals before using ropes to bring down the statues and drag them down grassy slopes amid cheers and applause. His statues have been defaced in California for several years by people who said he destroyed tribes and their culture. He was a slave owner too, before the Civil War. I’d be charitable and say that some of the vandals are just ignorant. 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. 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. That’s three for three this night. Associated Press writers Lisa Baum in Seattle and Ashraf Khalil and Ashley Thomas in Washington, D.C., contributed to this story. “If the legislature had repealed their 2015 law that puts up legal roadblocks to removal, we could have avoided the dangerous incidents of last night,” Cooper posted on Twitter. That family gifted him a single slave, whom Grant freed while he himself was destitute in 1859. Those cities are all run by Democrats. 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. Grant could have sold the slave, whose name was William Jones, for a profit. He married into a slave-owning family, but he had no problem fighting to end slavery. Statue of U.S. Grant toppled in San Francisco, CA, June 19, 2020. Cooper is either incapable of upholding law and order, or worse, encouraging this behavior,” Forest said. Protesters pointed out that Grant and his family owned slaves. Cities could defend these monuments very easily. America is burning.' Copyright ©2021 PJMedia.com/Salem Media. Activists just toppled the Junipero Serra statue in Golden Gate Park here in San Francisco. “Monuments to white supremacy don’t belong in places of allegiance, and it’s past time that these painful memorials be moved in a legal, safe way.”. Protesters just in the past few days have toppled or vandalized statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and now Grant and Francis Scott Key. A statue of Ulysses S. Grant, the nation's 18th president and a general who fought for the Union during the Civil War, was defaced and toppled by protesters in San Francisco on Friday. New York Times 1619 Project creator responds: 'It would be an honor. Grant defeated the Confederacy, hated slavery, and de-segregated the federal workforce. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group via AP), Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. They toppled Ulysses S. Grant in San Francisco. The cultural revolution claimed yet more defenseless statues Friday night. Grant also supported the 1868 Republican platform when he won the presidency, which called for allowing Black men to continue voting in the South. Then they set a … In Seattle, pre-dawn violence erupted Saturday in a protest zone largely abandoned by police, where one person was fatally shot and another critically injured. A disgrace to our Country!”. Statues and monuments are coming down in cities that are choosing not to defend them. He married the daughter of a slave-holding family. 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. He presided over the ratification of the 15th … Ulysses S. Grant Protesters in San Francisco defaced and toppled the statue of former President Grant, who led the Union Army during the Civil War, in Golden State Park, on Friday, June 19. The cultural revolution claimed yet more defenseless statues Friday night. SAN FRANCISCO – Protesters in Golden Gate Park toppled statues of Fr. Had the Union lost, as practically all Democrats in the South and even many in the North wanted, slavery would have continued. In Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, North Carolina, it was another night of tearing down Confederate statues. As a witness to war, he penned a song that later became America’s national anthem. Grant eventually became the Union commander who won the war, thereby ending slavery. At a campaign rally Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, President Donald Trump sought to tie the destruction of monuments and statues around the country to Democratic leaders, including his likely rival in the presidential election, Joe Biden. “What is happening to our society? 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