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Black Americans showed up to defend the Lincoln Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Friday to push back on extremists who want to tear the statue down.

The statue of former President Abraham Lincoln was purchased by slaves as a way to honor Lincoln, a Republican, for freeing the slaves. The statue shows Lincoln standing over a slave who is rising to his knees while holding a broken chain after being freed from slavery.

“So, I have made my mission to protect that statue,” one woman said. “Why not put a sign there that says why it’s there. Our Jewish brothers and sisters around the world have monuments to the Holocaust. In Germany, they even having existing concentration camps for [people] to come in and see. This means that they cannot deny what happened because there are Holocaust deniers.”

“If you remove all evidence of slavery, it’s like it never happened. That’s exactly what’s happening,” the woman continued. “Let it stand, put up another statue with signage, have a timeline [inaudible].”

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Other video clips showed black men talking to the crowd, who repeatedly shouted over them, in an attempt to educate them about the history of the statue.

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The statue, erected on April 14, 1876, stands in Lincoln Park and built with “contributions from hundreds of former slaves who wanted to pay tribute to the man who had proclaimed their freedom in 1863,” The Washington Post reported. “Just after Lincoln’s death, the [Western Sanitary Commission, which aided Civil War victims] had received an intriguing request from a former slave, who sent the commission $5 — her first earnings as a free woman — to help build a monument to Lincoln, ‘the best friend the colored people ever had.’ The commission began a fund-raising campaign and invited former slaves to contribute.”

Famed orator and author Frederick Douglass spoke at the unveiling of the memorial in Washington, D.C., saying, “The sentiment that brings us here to-day is one of the noblest that can stir and thrill the human heart.

“It has crowned and made glorious the high places of all civilized nations with the grandest and most enduring works of art, designed to illustrate the characters and perpetuate the memories of great public men,” Douglass continued. “It is the sentiment which from year to year adorns with fragrant and beautiful flowers the graves of our loyal, brave, and patriotic soldiers who fell in defence of the Union and liberty. It is the sentiment of gratitude and appreciation, which often, in presence of many who hear me, has filled yonder heights of Arlington with the eloquence of eulogy and the sublime enthusiasm of poetry and song; a sentiment which can never die while the Republic lives.”

Douglass later added, “We, the colored people, newly emancipated and rejoicing in our blood-bought freedom, near the close of the first century in the life of this Republic, have now and here unveiled, set apart, and dedicated a monument of enduring granite and bronze, in every line, feature, and figure of which the men of this generation may read, and those of after-coming generations may read, something of the exalted character and great works of Abraham Lincoln, the first martyr President of the United States.”

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5 Comments
  • Sesa says:

    You had me until “Trump”

  • Matt says:

    Soros is poking fun at Black people.

  • Ann says:

    This just proves the Democrats and BLM are racists. They don’t care about Black people. They just care about their getting their votes. Democrats never do anything for Black people. They accuse people of being racists and that’s ALL THEY DO. Talk is cheap. Actions (in this case lack of actions) speak louder than words.

    • LINDA says:

      ANN your absolutely correct the majority of the democrats have been in the government for 40 to 50 years and they have done NOTHING NOTHING TO HELP THE BLACK COMMUNITIES LIKE MAXIE PAD THE UGLY BIG MOUTH PARASITE THAT HAS ONE $4.5 MILLION MANSION AND HAS 2 OTHER HOMES WORTH AROUND A MILLION DOLLARS FOR BOTH PLUS A TIME SHARE PROPERTY IN PALM SPRINGS CA. A 6 , 000 SQUARE FT. MANSION WITH A WROUGHT IRON FENCE & GATE NOW YOU TELL ME HOW IN THE HELL A SALARY OF $ 174.000 PER YEAR CAN PAY FOR ALL THAT I WISH ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE RIOTING & LOOTING & DESTROYING WOULD JUST STOP PULL their HEAD OUT OF YOUR BACK SIDE AND CHECK THINGS OUT I AM SURE THAT THERE HAS BEEN SONE INJUSTICES DONE AS NO ONE IS PERFECT AND YES OUR COUNTRY HAS MADE BAD CHOICES BUT AGAIN ITS BEEN THE DEMOCRATS 90 % of the time they started the kkk and they also had slaves but of course they wont tell you that but history tells the story president trump has done more good for the black communities than any president and he will continue to do so but they have to give him their vote as GOD as my wittness the democrats will just turn every thing into hell as they really dont give a crap about anything but them selfs and their own pocket book AND THAT INCLUDES ALL THE IDIOT PARASITE CELEBIRTIES AS HOLLYWOOD AKA SEWERWOOD IS JUST A SEWER ANY MORE THEY RUN THEIR MOUTHS SO FILLED WITH HATE THAT THEY CANT EVEN SPEAK A SECOND OF TRUTH OR TAKE THE TIME TO LISTEN LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SAID VOTE FOR ME WHAT DO YA HAVE TO LOSE AS THE PARASITE DEMOCRATS SURE AS HELL HAVENT DONE ANYTHING

  • Patriot1951 says:

    The Antifa and BLM anarchists aren’t there to protest, they are there to destroy America. Wake up, Patriots! This is war!

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