The Douglas monument is one of several monuments in Rochester, New York. It was found to be torn from its base and disposed of in the canyon on the weekend. Countless statues have fallen in recent weeks, but unlike the statue of Douglass, they are all men contrary to history.
According to Justin Roj, director of communications at Rochester, the incident occurred on the evening of July 4 or the beginning of July 5.
Roy said that in addition to being demolished, the statue caused damage to Douglas’ hands.
The police have not determined who brought down the statue, and Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary refused to speculate on the motive.
Singhari said at a news conference on Monday: “Whether it is out of pure boredom, or someone deliberately destroys a statue similar to an important person in our country, it will definitely be frustrating.”
The statue is one of many replicas displayed around the city in 2018 to commemorate Douglas’ 200th birthday.
The famous speaker moved to Rochester in the 1840s after escaping slavery. There, he hosted the abolitionist newspaper North Star, which eventually became Frederick Douglass’ Paper. According to the Rochester Regional Library Council’s Western New York State Electorial Archives, he later moved to Washington DC after his home in Rochester was burned down.
The destruction of the statue coincided with the anniversary of Douglas’ famous speech held in Rochester on July 5, 1852, entitled “The Slave Is July 4?” He wrote in the letter that black Americans Not as free and free as white neighbors.
Statues all over the United States
In recent weeks, most of the cut down statues have been attacked because they depict racists or slave owners. Officials in some cities in the United States even evacuated the statues quietly all night to appease the protesters if they had not pushed down the monuments themselves.
After the slave owners or leaders of the alliance, national protests rekindled the discussion about the advantages of naming institutions. Universities such as Princeton University and Clemson University had to rename buildings to remove the names of Woodrow Wilson and slave owner John C. Calhoun. The racist view was condemned.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized protesters and demanded the removal of the League monument and flag. At a rally in Tulsa in June, he called the demonstrators “unintentional left-wing mobs” to “destroy our history.”
He said at the rally: “This cruel censorship and exclusion movement violates everything we Americans value.” “They want to destroy our heritage so that they can impose a new oppressive regime.”