Police officers were called out to the park, but they didn’t intervene. 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. Ulysses Grant, Lincoln’s hammer in ending … Gov. “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.”. ), why aren’t the protesters going after them? Police officers initially stopped the demonstrators. 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. SAN FRANCISCO – Protesters in Golden Gate Park toppled statues of Fr. He was a slave owner too, before the Civil War. In Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, North Carolina, it was another night of tearing down Confederate statues. Thank you.' New York Times 1619 Project creator responds: 'It would be an honor. But after they cleared the area, the protesters returned an finished the job. The crowd threw objects at the officers, but no injuries or arrests were reported, San Francisco Police spokesman Officer Adam Lobsinger said. 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 … He was a slave owner too, before the Civil War. Associated Press writers Lisa Baum in Seattle and Ashraf Khalil and Ashley Thomas in Washington, D.C., contributed to this story. However, his statue was toppled by modern Americans like they were Iraqis freed of the monstrous Saddam Hussein. We’re well past the point of simply removing Confederate monuments or statues to slaveholders now. Grant also supported the 1868 Republican platform when he won the presidency, which called for allowing Black men to continue voting in the South. Nearby statue of Ulysses S. Grant is also toppled. 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. Hundreds showed up to tear down the statues in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on … https://t.co/rVtPOcvyAN, — Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) June 20, 2020. Maybe that’s all that’s going on here. Roy Cooper said he ordered the removal for public safety and blamed the Republican majority state General Assembly for the danger. A disgrace to our Country!”. 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. He presided over the ratification of the 15th … That’s three for three this night. San Francisco Archbishop Salvadore Cordileone criticized the pulling down of the Junipero Serra statue. He married the daughter of a slave-holding family. Another statue, Forward, was also toppled the same night. A statue of Junipero Serra in San Gabriel, Calif., in a file photograph. 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. 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 … 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. Had the Union lost, as practically all Democrats in the South and even many in the North wanted, slavery would have continued. His statues have been defaced in California for several years by people who said he destroyed tribes and their culture. In Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, North Carolina, it was another night of tearing down Confederate statues. “What is happening to our society? Florida Man Friday: Crazy Guy Who Stole Pelosi's Podium Identified As You-Know-You, Rep. 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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. 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. Protesters pointed out that Grant and his family owned slaves. As an attorney, he both represented freedmen and represented owners of runaway slaves. Lincoln famously led the Union’s defeat of the Confederacy in the Civil … Statue of U.S. Grant toppled in San Francisco, CA, June 19, 2020. Nearby statue of Ulysses S. Grant is also toppled. 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. All Rights Reserved. Trump said “the choice in 2020 is very simple. U.S. Grant was born into an abolitionist family. Statues and monuments are coming down in cities that are choosing not to defend them. ULYSSES S. GRANT STATUE TOPPLED IN SAN FRANCISCO. In Seattle, authorities were investigating what led to the shooting in the area known as CHOP, which stands for “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone. Story continues. Grant could have sold the slave, whose name was William Jones, for a profit. A day after Portland rioters tore down a nearly 100-year-old statue of George Washington, vandals toppled more historic statues. 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. 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. 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. “It is clear that Gov. 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. Two statues of two Confederate soldiers that were part of a larger obelisk were torn down Friday night by protesters in Raleigh, North Carolina. Protesters pointed out that Grant and his family owned slaves. 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. Copyright ©2021 PJMedia.com/Salem Media. Grant defeated the Confederacy, hated slavery, and de-segregated the federal workforce. https://t.co/iJebfjs8Od. Exit question: Given the Democratic Party’s heinous racial legacy (the Civil War, Jim Crow, Woodrow Wilson, etc. 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. 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. 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. Collins reported from Columbia, South Carolina. I also seriously wonder if the police aren’t standing back and letting the mobs vandalize stuff in order to undermine BLM. On the East Coast, more statues honoring Confederates who tried to break away from the United States more than 150 years ago were toppled. 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. Cooper’s opponent for a second term in November, Republican Lt. Gov. 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. Police released few other details about the shooting. Saturday morning, official work crews came to the North Carolina capitol to remove two more Confederate statues. 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 … Cities could defend these monuments very easily. 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. He married into a slave-owning family, but he had no problem fighting to end slavery. Cooper is either incapable of upholding law and order, or worse, encouraging this behavior,” Forest said. Of current violence and disorder, NYPost says 'Call them the 1619 riots. People going after Grant probably just want to break things. Statue-Toppling Gangs Target Ulysses S. Grant, National Anthem Lyricist. 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. San Francisco police said that approximately 400 people gathered around 8 p.m. … May 30: Edward Carmack, Tennessee. Do you want to bow before the left-wing mob or do you want to stand up tall and proud as Americans?”. 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. Protesters just in the past few days have toppled or vandalized statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and now Grant and Francis Scott Key. 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. News Ulysses S. Grant Even Gandhi got vandalized, in the city currently known as Washington, District of Columbia. 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. This is what the Times wanted. Rioters pulled down a statue in Nashville, … Those cities are all run by Democrats. Some cities, such as San Antonio, Texas, already have and continue to. 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. As for Key, and as if the complexities of history even mattered any more, he owned slaves but he later freed them. 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. In San Francisco, about 400 protesters pulled down three statues: U.S. Grant, Francis Scott Key, and St. Junipero Serra. In response, a new base was created. ... His statue was a symbol of America. Then they set a … 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. 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. America is burning.' 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. St. Junipero Serra was an early Spanish missionary who later became the first saint to be canonized on U.S. soil, in 1988. The cultural revolution claimed yet more defenseless statues Friday night. I’d be charitable and say that some of the vandals are just ignorant. In the nation’s capital, demonstrators toppled the 11-foot statue of Albert Pike, the only statue in the city of a Confederate general. Activists just toppled the Junipero Serra statue in Golden Gate Park here in San Francisco. 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. They toppled Ulysses S. Grant in San Francisco. 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. “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. Serra forced Native Americans to stay at those missions after they were converted or face brutal punishment. That family gifted him a single slave, whom Grant freed while he himself was destitute in 1859. It has been harshly criticized by President Donald Trump, who has tweeted about possibly sending in the military to exert control. 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. 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