Skip to comments.Portland Man Interviewed on Tearing Down Thomas Jefferson Statue: “It’s Not Vandalism”
Posted on 06/21/2020 8:04:59 AM PDT by nwrep
One of the people who tore down the Thomas Jefferson statue was a 33-year-old white Portlander who happened upon the statue's removal by accident. He planned to attend a rally at Jefferson High, but ran an hour late. Most of the crowd had left.
Key part from interview with anonymous man (identity concealed by the newspaper) below:
WW: Why was this important enough to risk arrest?
Portland man: I felt like I knew I wouldn't be. Maybe because I'm white. It just felt it was the moment. Like, everyone was there together. It was a joyous moment. It didn't feel like full of hate or a desire to destroy. It felt like the community just spontaneously got together to do this thing that needed to be done in that moment.
Do you support the toppling of the George Washington statue?
I feel like I understand when people are upset about it, because it's such an icon of America and we think of him as this hero. But it's also a good thing it's happening. We no longer want to let those things just exist out in the open.
When the thing with Jefferson happened, I felt conflicted afterwards. I was reading a lot of things of what people were saying about that particular incident and statue-toppling in general. A lot of people are comparing it to ISIS, like Black Lives Matter is the American ISIS, it's crazy. I understand their point of view. People have this idea about these evil vandals.
[But] I've been reading things about statue toppling and what that means. It's not vandalism, you're doing something by taking down this image. There wasn't rage. We were doing this thing that should've been done, that people in charge aren't doing. It's direct action. We need to not have this statue sitting here. It's not right. It's not the fact that it's Thomas Jefferson, it's that it was placed in front of a predominantly African American school.
Where do you draw the line? Should the city remove all historical markers about racist people? Should Mount Rushmore be scraped?
Mount Rushmore is another travesty itself. It doesn't matter they carved into those mountains, it's still a shitty thing they've done. They will forever be desecrated. I don't know. The good thing that's happening now is that people are being confronted with those things actually happening and not just an idea of it. Jefferson High School might have its name changed because of that. It's a hard thing, and I think it's OK for it to be an unknown.
I think the intellectual and moral justification for statue toppling is being furnished by left-wing academics from respected schools.
Perfect representative of government ‘education.’
Wants to destroy. Pretends to have reason. Can’t articulate a damned thing.
What an ignorant ass.
Until the cops start arresting people and the courts lock them up ...it isnt vandalism.
Oh. Except pot has nothing to do with the mental state of these modern day Einsteins.
I can hardly wait for all the posts FReepsplaining to me that Einstein was a regular pot user.
At the end of the day, this is like the Chairman Mao cultural revolution and it is going to come down to kill or be killed.
Now let’s talk about the slave trader of mohammed is his cult based on slaves and death.
The Ivy League has been home to Timothy Leary, the Unabomber, the Weather Underground and more anti-American pieces of $#!T
It is terrorism.
A person like this deserves to be thrown in jail. Like others, he is blaming dead Whiteys for his complete and total failure in life.
The Soros DA’s have established the precedent that this is not violence, vandalism, or worthy of appearing on a criminal record (they are expunging arrests in some communities).
So, if we beat his ass it won’t be assault. It will be kinetic community services.
"I feel...I felt...I feel...I felt..." At no point does the little leftard say he thinks or thought. Explains a lot.
The US Educational system needs to declare all of Howard Zin’s history books obsolete and deny funding to any school still using them.
Get some REAL HISTORIANS to write well balanced History books.
I'm sure the Antifa/BLM trash would throw a fit, but I'm not sure anyone else would care (well, a few Democrats, too).
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