Sunday in Portland, protesters pulled down statues of Presidents Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt ( CNN
). The protest was then declared a riot and arrests were made.
My initial take on it was "wow, those were pretty good presidents. What the hell gives?" After reading the article I found it's part of the Indigenous Day of Rage. Roosevelt's statue was pulled down because some of the National Parks System he is famous for displaced indigenous peoples. Lincoln's was pulled down because of the ( Dakota 38
). 38 Sioux men who were executed after an uprising called the Dakota War in 1862. Originally the governor of Minnesota, Alexander Ramsey had called for 300 Sioux to be executed but Lincoln wrote him a letter and cut it down to 39. One was later exonerated.
There probably is no statue in Portland of Ramsey. Pulling down Lincoln's statue would be the next best thing. He could have granted them all clemency I guess.
The only problem I can see with these types of protests is the intended audience may not be getting all the info. Fortunately CNN was on it this time. Most Americans are going to associate that protest action with Anti American, unpatriotic and racist forces. All they are going to do is read the headline, make up their minds and move on to the next story.