Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, has decided that statues of President George Washington should go because he owned slaves.
I am sure Dukes would agree that Martin Luther King should go, as well, as he was opposed to gay marriage!
A bronze statue of George Washington on horseback stands at the corner of 51st and King Drive, at the northwest entrance to Washington Park in Chicago.
Dukes has asked the Emanuel administration to remove the statue, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park. He also wants the names of two presidents who owned slaves removed from parks on the South Side, saying the city should not honor slave owners in black communities.
“When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans,” he said. “Some people out here ask me, say ‘Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.’ That’s almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat.”
Dukes said, even though Washington was the nation’s first president and led the American Army in the Revolutionary War, he’s no hero to the black community.
“There’s no way plausible that we would even think that they would erect a Malcolm X statue in Mount Greenwood, Lincoln Park, or any of that. Not that Malcolm X was a bad guy; they just would not go for it,” he said. “Native Americans would not even think about putting up a Custer statue, because of the atrocities that he plagued upon Native Americans. And for them to say to us ‘just accept it’ is actually insulting.”
What is insulting is the left trying to remove our history. What is insulting is groups like Anitifa and BLM perpetrating violence in trying to do so.
The most absurd statment Dukes made was, “We as a country are trying to heal from the deep and often infected wounds of slavery and racism in the United States.”
No, you moron, that is a lie. In fact, before Barack Obama became president and fanned the flames of racism, we were pretty much healed. It was Obama and Co. as well as this absurd millennial generation that has stirred it all up again. George Washington had nothing to do with it.
I went to high school in the 80’s. Racism was at an all-time low. My school was 1/3 Black, 1/3 White (mostly cowboys), and 1/3 Mexican and Portuguese. For the most part, everyone got along great. My generation rocked it when it came to race relations and those after us have caused mayhem and destruction.
Representatives for the mayor did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
A Chicago Park District spokeswoman pointed to the city’s formal process for renaming parks, which allows anyone to submit a request to the superintendent. The Park District board may vote on any such request after a 45-day public comment period.
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