One of the most bewildering monuments that activists have set their sites on in recent days is the Emancipation Memorial in Washington D.C., a monument celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s liberation of American slaves during the civil war. Activists are now pushing to replace the Emancipation Memorial with a monument to Harriet Tubman because the memorial “didn’t take into account the views of African Americans.”
When Black Lives Matter activists began tearing down statues of confederate generals, any American had to agree that those statues were indefensible.
As it turns out though, allowing the mob to tear down statues without going through the legislative process to remove them opened the door for the mob to begin targeting memorials and statues that celebrate any facet of American history.
The Emancipation Memorial depicts Abraham Lincoln standing next to a black man looking upwards and rising up from his knees. The newly freed slave has a broken shackle around his wrist.
Activists believe that this monument depicts subservience to Lincoln — a white man. Fox News reported:
D.C. Council candidate Marcus Goodwin, who is helping lead the charge to remove the controversial Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C., told “America’s News HQ” Sunday he hopes to replace it with a monument to an African-American woman, suggesting Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman could fit the bill.
“We laid out clearly on our petition that we would like to see the statue put into a museum where it can be properly contextualized, and we would like to see it replaced preferably with an African-American woman because they have been grossly underrepresented in the District of Columbia where we are the largest demographic group,” Goodwin said.
“I think we need context, knowing and understanding, because most people who see that — especially in our generation, see someone being degraded, someone being demeaned and don’t see fair or equitable representation in society for African-Americans,” Goodwin said.
“Our most disenfranchised group has been subject to this kind of representation in our public spaces, so in the statue, which I got up close and personal to, I saw something that was antithetical from what Abraham Lincoln would’ve wanted to see.”
Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C.’s non-voting House delegate announced on Wednesday that she would introduce legislation to remove the Emancipation Monument.
“The designers of the Emancipation Statue in Lincoln Park in DC didn’t take into account the views of African Americans. It shows. Blacks too fought to end enslavement. That’s why I’m introducing a bill to move this statue to a museum,” she wrote on Twitter.