If you thought the “cancel culture” tactic of forcing city officials to remove “controversial” statues of historical figures was over, think again.
According to NPR, Charlottesville, Virginia city council officials voted in favor of removing a number of statues around the city, which they ultimately determined were symbols of “racial inequality.” Part of the move included removing a statue that paid tribute to explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and beside them, Shoshone interpreter Sacagawea.
The shenanigans began on Saturday morning after Charlottesville city officials voted on the removal of statues depicting Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. While sad, it wasn’t exactly surprising that the council voted in favor of removing the statues, likely in order to appease progressive activists.
“Taking down this statue is one small step closer to the goal of helping Charlottesville, Va., and America, grapple with the sin of being willing to destroy Black people for economic gain,” Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker, the city’s first Black female mayor, told a crowd.
However, something happened later in the day that prompted those same officials to hold an “emergency vote” on whether or not to remove the Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea statue.
Apparently, the emergency meeting was called because the earlier removal of the two statues went so smoothly and the funds were available, so they believed it to be an opportune moment to go ahead with the removal of the Lewis & Clark statue.
It should be noted that the city hasn’t announced plans of what it will do with the Lewis & Clark statue, and for now, it will likely be covered and stored at a city-managed storage site.
Dustina Abrhamson, one of Sacajawea’s descendants, argued that the statue should be melted down. “I feel that it should just be melted down. That’s my opinion. I feel that it’s entirely offensive and it should be obliterated,” she said. Abrhamson has long called for the statue to be removed, finding it “offensive” to her family.
It’s truly incredible — and a total shame — that cities are so quick to move when even one single person finds a statue or monument to be somehow “offensive.” Unfortunately, that seems to be the norm these days.