Did you ever watch the movie “Glory” with Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman?
If you did you may recall it was about a civil war regiment of black soldiers who fought discrimination in the Union Army as they were also fighting the rebels in the South.
There’s a monument to the regiment, the 54th, in Boston, where the regiment was located. It is beautiful depiction of the first all-volunteer black regiment in the Union Army in bronze.
But if there’s anything that shows how ridiculous this has become, it was that this memorial was defaced as the protests moved through the city.
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) June 3, 2020
Peaceful protest on #BostonCommon demanding racial justice. Hard to see legitimate protest turn destructive #Shaw54thRegimentMemorial. Conservators on the way to clean the grafitti on all monuments in the #threeparks. @bostonparksdept pic.twitter.com/dGzrVbFZia
— Friends of the Public Garden (@FOPG) June 1, 2020
Other monuments and memorials were also vandalized.
“A thousand men signed up just after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, just think about that,” said Liz Vizza, executive director of Friends of the Public Garden. “These are men who, if they were captured in the south, would be enslaved or murdered. But this cause was so important to them, they signed up to go fight for their freedom.”
Rioters have defaced and vandalized other memorials and monuments in other places across the country, including in Washington, D.C. Antifa, the folks who claim that they are “fighting fascists” damaged a memorial honoring real antifascists, our World War II military men and women including black military members. They also damaged the Lincoln Memorial, the man ended slavery.
After that happened over the weekend, the National Guard was out protecting the memorials on Tuesday with dozens of members at the Lincoln Memorial.
— luis martinez (@LMartinezABC) June 3, 2020