D.C. Mayor's Cmttee Called for Renaming Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument
This one is bad. And poorly timed.
Just when the Democrats were trying to pivot and blame President Trump for divisiveness, the D.C. government, the one Dems keep demanding statehood for, decided to unleash their own cultural revolution.
Here were their metrics for deciding what to rename in D.C.
Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the formation of the District of Columbia Facilities and Commemorative Expressions Working Group or the DC FACES Working Group to review the legacy of namesakes, including buildings, parks, public spaces and monuments, in order to ensure the individuals’ personal and public policy views did not contribute to the nation’s history of slavery, systemic racism and other biases, and, instead, are consistent with our DC values — empowering and uplifting African Americans and other communities of color
This is basically an argument for getting rid of everyone from American history.
Our decision-making prism focused on key disqualifying histories, including participation in slavery, systemic racism, mistreatment of, or actions that suppressed equality for, persons of color, women and LGBTQ communities and violation of the DC Human Right Act.
Especially when you look at point 5.
Violation of District human rights laws – did research and evidence find the namesake committed a violation of the DC Human Right Act, in whole or part, including discrimination against protected traits such as age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and natural origin?
What were MLK's feelings about transgender rights?
The Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorials attacks are getting the most attention, but that would be beyond Bowser's scope, but renaming parks and streets and schools is very much on the agenda.
So there is a call to rename a school named after Alexander Graham Bell, and Benjamin Franklin, what did Franklin do? Well he was an old dead white man, wasn't he.
But things get properly edge in the federal memorial section where the targets include not only the Columbus Fountain, and the Benjamin Franklin statue, and yes, the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial.
Recommendation: Using the Mayor’s position on the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission, recommend the Federal government remove, relocate, or contextualize the following assets:
This is the one that got the most attention.
D.C. doesn't have the ability to actually remove the Washington Monument, but to be clear, it would like to do this. But after condemnations from the Trump Administration, the D.C. Mayor's Office began insisting that it just wanted to contextualize, e.g. add signs accusing these figures of racism, rather than remove them entirely.
But their own document calls for removing, relocating or contextualizing. It doesn't specify which.
And while this was a mostly empty threat, the Faces document makes it clear that the government will likely move to strip Jefferson and Franklin's name from various institutions.
Meanwhile this is coming from the same failed city government whose boss recently went back to whining about President Trump's divisiveness.
"What I am worried about is this country descending into a race war, and I am worried about the continued incitement of violence from leadership who should be bringing the community together."Our police and peaceful protesters will be safer when we come together as a community and tamp down this black versus white rhetoric."
Finally, remember when the media was ridiculing Senator Tom Cotton for suggesting that the Democrats wanted to demolish the Washington Monument?
What is the end of the cancel culture? I will tell you what it is. It is right here, in this city, Washington, the District of Columbia. That is where it will end if we don't put an end to the madness now.
"Just up the mall is the Washington Monument. Are we going to tear the Washington Monument down?"
Answer. Yes, they are.
Or as Benjamin Franklin, another target of the Democrats, once said, "A Republic if you can keep it."