FIRST THEY CAME FOR ROBERT E LEE, THEN THEY CAME FOR JOAN OF ARC – Wait, what? Over to New Orleans:
The phrase “Tear it Down” was hastily sprayed in black paint across the base of the golden Joan of Arc statue on Decatur Street in the French Quarter sometime earlier this week. It has since been removed, with only the vaguest traces of the paint remaining.
And California, where another Catholic saint has copped it:
Several people stopped by a statue of Father Junipero Serra in a park across from Mission San Fernando on Thursday after a photo made the rounds on social media appearing to show the statue had been vandalized.
A picture circulating Facebook showed the statue spray-painted red and the word “murder” written on Serra in white.
While city officials would not confirm the authenticity of the photo or the clean-up, CBS2 reporter Crystal Cruz saw red paint on Serra’s arm and a swastika on the statue of the child standing next to him.
At least in St Junipero’s case there are the vaguest reasons for political discontent: “Some argue Serra is not the saint the Catholic Church paints him out to be. Instead, they claim he used California Indians and destroyed part of their culture.” Whereas Joan of Arc is a woman on a horse holding a flag, which presumably makes her look like a Confederate general, which would have been very feminist of Confederacy.
And in Chicago someone tried to burn the statue of Abraham Lincoln. Who freed the slaves, as some might recall. But the local Democrat is blaming Trump:
Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) on Thursday accused President Donald Trump of emboldening vandals to set fire to a bust of Abraham Lincoln that has stood as a symbol of freedom in West Englewood for nearly a century.
Lopez said Trump’s widely condemned decision to twice blame “both sides” for the white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Virginia has emboldened haters.
“When you have a President who, from his point of moral authority as leader of the free world, condones the actions of white supremacists, neo-Nazis … when he refuses to refute what their actions are — you embolden people to continue,” Lopez said Thursday. “Now, you’re giving them a path to come out and be as anger-filled as they want to be.”
Maybe it was neo-Nazis. But more likely it was more absolute effing morons who now think that every statue is now somehow a symbol of “the system”.
If people were actually interested in history, they would do worse than school up on the iconoclastic controversies, in Byzantium and during the European wars of religion. There might be some lessons there about obsession with inanimate objects.