Washington DC “task force” recommends renaming, removal, ‘contextualizing” of national monuments

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The following editorial is written by a retired police officer and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

WASHINGTON, DC- Democrats don’t want to erase history, huh?

That isn’t the case in Washington, D.C., where a committee commissioned by Mayor Muriel Bowser has listed dozens of historical monuments, schools, parks and government buildings which they recommend renaming, removing or “contextualizing” because of alleged connections to slavery or racism.

The list includes the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial, Fox News is reporting.

Washington DC "task force" recommends renaming, removal, 'contextualizing" of national monuments
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Those named, besides Washington and Jefferson include former presidents James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson.

Others included are men such as Benjamin Franklin and George Mason, two of the Founding Fathers, along with Alexander Graham Bell and Francis Scott Key, who composed the National Anthem.

While some of the facilities mention fall under the purview of the city, such as Jefferson Field, named for Thomas Jefferson and the Franklin School, named for Benjamin Franklin, most fall under federal jurisdiction.

The commission recommended that the federal government “remove, relocate or contextualize” several famous tourist attractions, including the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial and the Benjamin Franklin statue.

The Washington Post reported that the release of the report had an outpouring of criticism, especially one suggestion which called for adding plaques or other context to the aforementioned national memorials.

The White House in particular sharply criticized the recommendations, which led Bowser’s administration to remove those recommendations Tuesday night.

In a statement, the White House called Bowser, a Democrat “the radically liberal mayor of Washington, D.C.,” and said she “ought to be ashamed for even suggesting” the revisions to the monuments.

“President Donald J. Trump believes these places should be preserved, not torn down; respected, not hated; and passed on for generations to come.”

In Congress, Republicans were outraged by the suggestions, which led to the original 24-page report being reduced to 23 after the page which listed eight federal sites had been removed. The original .pdf still had the original recommendations later on, the Post reported.

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican tweeted, “Hey D.C.—they’re not your monuments to rename or remove. They’re America’s monuments.”

White House aide Alyssa Farah said in a tweet:

“I’m not even sure what relocating the Washington Monument would entail.”

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, under whose jurisdiction the monuments fall, was clear that no such removal would occur under the Trump administration, tweeting in response to Bowser:

“Not on my watch. Never going to happen.”

As Democrats continue to try to destroy history, just as a famous German madman did in the 1930’s, they use the subject of racism and slavery in order to justify undermining our country’s history.

This all came about recently, of course because of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died in police custody, originally believed to be at the hands of Minneapolis police. Information released recently has called the original narrative into question.

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While in the past liberals and anti-American zealots cast their eyes upon men such as Christopher Columbus and to a lesser extend Jefferson, nowadays they have widened their criticism even to the “Father of our Country,” George Washington.

President Washington of course was a slave owner back in the 1700’s when it was commonplace. That has led to Bowser’s committee seeking to make changes to the Washington Monument and George Washington University considering changing the school’s nickname, the Colonials.

Ben Franklin was a slave owner early in his live, however he later came out against it and actually founded the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery in 1774. Despite that, the liberals on Bowser’s committee recommended his statue be removed.

The committee’s chairs wrote, “We believe strongly that all District of Columbia owned public spaces, facilities and commemorative works should only honor those individuals who exemplified those values such as equity, opportunity and diversity that DC residents hold dear.”

Under those guidelines, the whole value of “equity,” shouldn’t the BLM mural adjacent to the White House be removed? Just asking.

According to the committee’s charge, they took five factors into account in deciding if something should be removed or taken down: did they participate in slavery, were they involved in systematic racism, did the person support oppression, was the person involved in a supremacist agenda, and did the honoree violate the city’s human rights law.

“Our decision-making prism focused on key, disqualifying histories, including participation in slavery, systemic racism, mistreatment of, or actions that suppressed equality for, persons of color, women and LGBTQ communities, and violation of the DC Human Right Act.”

Was LGBTQ even a thing in the 1700’s? Didn’t think so.

So, people who lived in the 1700’s are supposed to have lived under laws that were not implemented until several hundred years later? They are supposed to have lived under a set of values that were not in place at the time they lived and implemented later on in history?

The whole process makes ZERO sense.

Since many of these statues and monuments are on federal land, Bowser has no authority whatsoever to touch them.

There is apparently someone who works for Seton Hall University, Travis Timmerman who spends his time researching monument removals. He of course as an academic is totally down with the revolution.

“They’re going after historical figures that by and large have gotten a pass previously for their moral transgressions,” Timmerman said.

He claims that the “appropriateness” of a monument changes over time.

“Thomas Jefferson, for instance, was a vicious slaveholder,” he said. “But most people think of him as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence…If that’s what people think of Jefferson, then it’s not necessarily harmful to have a school named after him.

If people become more aware of his moral shortcomings, and that’s what they think of when they see Jefferson’s statue or a school named after him, well then it becomes harmful.”

For any city-owned building or facility to be renamed, the city council would have to approve the move. Once councilor, Mary Cheh, a Democrat (honestly, they’re all Democrats in DC) said:

“I never really thought about Stoddert or Key Elementary as an issue. They were just schools, and that’s their name,” referring to the schools named after Francis Scott Key and secretary of the Navy Benjamin Stoddert.

“African American women, civil rights leaders—people ought to know about others. This gives us an opportunity to honor them.”

However another councilor, Chairman Phil Mendelson urged some caution, saying:

“I totally get why someone like John Tyler, even though he’s a former president, is someone we don’t want a school named after. But I don’t get why Benjamin Franklin is someone we don’t want anything named after. I think we need to see the detail,” he said.

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary lit up Bowser’s committee, saying:

“The radically liberal mayor of Washington, D.C. is repeating the same left-wing narrative used to incite dangerous riots; destroying our history and destroying our great heritage,” going on to describe the report requested by Bowser as “ludicrous,” Breitbart News reported.

A White House statement said:

“President Donald J. Trump believes these places should be preserved, not torn down; respected not hated; and passed on for generations to come. As long as President Trump is in the White House, the mayor’s irresponsible recommendations will go absolutely nowhere.”

Thank you President Trump.

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