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Don’t Like a President? Rip Down His Statue, Says PC Crowd

Tributes to Confederate leaders were targets of angry liberal groups last year — now a likeness of William McKinley could be toppled

Leftists are scrambling to take down presidential statues, all for the sake of political correctness.

“American history is on the chopping block once again,” said fill-in Fox News host Jason Chaffetz on Monday night’s “The Ingraham Angle.”

He was referring to the energetic movement currently underway in the small northern California town of Arcata to take down an 8 ½-foot bronze statue of former U.S. President William McKinley. Why? Because a group of local activists argue it is offensive to Native Americans, as the Los Angeles Times and others reported.

With statues of such Confederate leaders as Robert E. Lee removed last year and now the potential to tear down a McKinley statue, Chaffetz asked, “Where does it stop?”

He discussed the issue with two guests, liberal radio talk-show host Ethan Bearman and conservative Shirley Husar, the CEO of Urban Gamechangers.

Bearman, not surprisingly, was just fine with tearing down the statue of a former president.

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“It’s a great idea to take it down because we’re bringing attention to the issue that the Native Americans were abused and nearly ‘genocided,'” he argued on the program. “He was the last president to steal land from the five civilized tribes, and it was never addressed — all of the wrongs we committed against the Native Americans. It’s time we recognized that.”

Husar, however, stood her ground. While the group agreed there had been serious issues in early U.S.-Native American relations, Husar said taking down a statue meant to honor a president’s service doesn’t fix that now.

“The existence of history is based on pain, war and triumph,” she said. “We under this administration are making major changes. The Native Americans of today sat down with the current president and made changes during the summertime. What’s sad is I’m hearing from the other side they’re saying it’s not relevant. Why aren’t they talking about the black people who are being slaughtered today? You can’t erase what happened, but what you can do is recognize this pain and move through it.”

Bearman did not oppose the wiping away of the statue. “If this brings attention to the wrongs that are still happening against Native Americans today, then I’m all for it,” he said.

Before Chaffetz closed out the segment, he said, “I don’t think you’re going to right all of these wrongs by tearing down this statue. What is that actually going to do for Native Americans?”

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Shock: There is a stubborn divide between the Left and the Right when it comes to preserving tributes all across our land to historical figures — and, alas, it foreshadows a battle that could last between the two sides for a long time.

Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, ESPN, and other outlets. 

(photo credit, homepage image: William McKinley, Cut Out, CC BY-SA 2.0, by Seth Morabito; photo credit, article image: William McKinley, CC BY-SA 2.0, by Jss3255)

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Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, ESPN, and other outlets.

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