Unhinged: Vandals tear down statue of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass in New York

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ROCHESTER, NY – Over the past month, statues and depictions of prior presidents, Christopher Columbus, and even religious homages have been subjected to forms of vandalism by many unhinged “activists.”

So, it is with little surprise that the latest casualty of the attacks on statues was none other than that of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Maplewood Park.

According to Rochester Police, the tearing down of the statue of Douglass took place during the Fourth of July weekend. Police stated that the depiction of Douglass was removed from the base where it was erected, and was found approximately 50 feet from its original location.

While the statue itself did not have any sort of graffiti applied to it, officials noted that one of the fingers on the statue was damaged in conjunction with the obvious damage sustained to the statue’s base.

Reports indicate that the statue was removed in order to apply repairs to the damage sustained.

This particular case of vandalism is by far the most bizarre of statues to have been targeted by extremists intent on tearing down statues of historical figures. The reason being is that Douglass is perhaps one of the most important figures associated with the abolitionist movement.

Douglass, who was born a slave and eventually attained his freedom, accomplished so much in a period of America’s history when there were so many literal and metaphorical obstacles for black Americans.

He held numerous public offices in his time, was an accomplished writer and creator of news publications, and even assisted Ulysses S. Grant in his presidential campaign and heralded Grant’s acts that targeted the Ku Klux Klan when Democrats had formed the racist organization.

Perhaps it was Douglass’ affiliation with the Republican party that may have set off those against the statue – but it could merely be just another acted-out bit of aggression toward monuments in general that have swept throughout the nation.

Whatever the modus operandi was in dismantling this statue of a man who helped shape this country, the act is yet another stain upon recent events that have showcased disdain for America’s history as a nation.  

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In a strange turn of events, even cities in Canada’s Alberta cannot escape the anti-police sentiment sweeping across the world.

Reportedly, statues paying homage to police and firefighters in Calgary were vandalized recently, in the country where they host the most progressive of elected leaders – Justin Trudeau.

The vandalized statues in question were said to be stationed outside of Calgary’s City Hall, which police say were splashed with red and yellow paint at some point during the afternoon of July 3rd.

It’s rather curious as to why there would be severe disdain toward police in Canada, since they have an average of about 25-26 fatal encounters with suspects every year. Those aren’t just the number of “unarmed” suspect scenarios – that’s every type of suspect encounter that turns fatal.

Both of the statues in question had red paint seemingly splashed about the bodies of the firefighter and officer displayed, while yellow paint was applied on the likes of their badges and hats.

Calgary police Supt. Ryan Jepson thought the vandalism to be “disgusting”:

“It’s as disgusting as it would be if a memorial site was desecrated anywhere. So, it’s unfortunate that it happened and I understand that it’s likely out of some frustration from some community members. That is not OK. It doesn’t solve anything.”

Jason Kenney, the Premier of Alberta, referred to those who were responsible for these acts as “low lifes”, making mention that this was yet another attempt at “cancel culture”:

“Defacing statues honouring our police and firefighters is contemptible. Shame on the low lifes responsible. Albertans honour those who risk their lives to protect us. The cancel culture effort to defame and deface our front line heroes must end.”

Public information officer from the Calgary Fire Department, Carol Henke, was both upset and also seemingly confused as to why someone would even target a memorial pertaining to firefighters:

“The statue and the monument, they are there to represent what we do as emergency responders. Firefighters, we’re in service to Calgarians, to help them in their time of need. For someone to deface it like that, it’s just really hurtful. It’s really hurtful.”

Calgary’s Ward 2 City Councillor Joe Magliocca admonished the vandalism, stating the following on Twitter:

“This disgraceful act of vandalism should not be tolerated in our City. Those responsible should be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible. Calgarians will always support our heroes at the @CalgaryPolice and @CGYFireFighters!”

Another of Calgary’s Councillors, for Ward 6, referred to the memorials defaced as ones meant to honor “true heroes” that died in the line of duty:

“Our first responders are Calgary’s true heroes.  The statues outside City Hall were placed there to memorialize the brave men and women who have fallen in the line of duty.”

Overall, the general sentiments expressed online by both citizens and elected officials within Calgary seem to be that of contempt against whomever committed the acts of vandalism against the monuments.

Supt. Jepson noted that the vandalism will be investigated thoroughly in an effort to identify the vandal(s) responsible.

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