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Toppled statue Father Serra in Los Angeles. (Photo: screen capture youtube)

Toppled Statues Are Subject of Laudatory Article and Gentle Rebuke by SF Mayor

LA Times made the whole thing sound like a really awesome street fair

By Evan Gahr, June 24, 2020 4:55 pm

Historic sins of the past were revisited with countenanced criminality in California last weekend.

Blatantly violating the California criminal code, Native American activists in Los Angeles toppled an offending statue. But their criminality was the subject of an entirely laudatory article in the Los Angeles Times.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco protesters were given free rein by the cops to topple a statue of the same priest as in Los Angeles, plus statues of Francis Scott Key and Ulysses S. Grant. They were gently rebuked by San Francisco Mayor London Breed in a statement that mainly focused on racism.

“It began with a prayer and ended with a loud clunk,” began the breezy Los Angeles Times article.  “On Saturday afternoon, a group of about five dozen indigenous activists of all ages — children and elders included — gathered at Father Serra Park in downtown Los Angeles, just south of Olvera Street. As Tataviam/Chumash elder Alan Salazar burned sage and invoked the spirit of his ancestors, a group of young activists bound the nearby statue of Father Junipero Serra with ropes and tore him off his pedestal to chants of ‘Take it down! Take it down!’”

“After the statue flew off its pedestal, the crowd erupted with shouts and drumming.”

That’s quite a breezy description for what was plainly vandalism more commonly known as “malicious mischief” under the California criminal code: “Every person who maliciously commits any of the following acts with respect to any real or personal property not his or her own, in cases other than those specified by state law, is guilty of vandalism.”

The acts specified are defacing the property with graffiti damaging, or damaging, or destroying it.  Perps normally face maximum penalties of one year in jail and fines up to $50,000. Or both.

That’s serious stuff but the LA Times made the whole thing sound like a really awesome street fair.

“The Los Angeles action was peaceful — no police were present — and the vibe was more familial ceremony than protest.”

Protestor Joel Garicia, an American Indian of the Huichol tribe, linked the toppling of the statue to larger inequities. “Mass incarceration comes from the mission system,” he said. “It’s important that what is going on doesn’t overshadow what happened in California.”

Father Junipor Serrra was a Spanish missionary who helped colonize what later became California. He arrived in 1769 amid hundreds of thousands of American Indians. He established nine missions spanning San Diego and San Francisco. He converted thousands of Indians, but those who wouldn’t convert or who escaped the missions were flogged and beaten.

Friday night in San Francisco’s Golden State Park was a trifecta of destruction.

Police stood by idly as protestors toppled statutes of Serra, Francis Scott Keys, who wrote the Star Spangled Banner and President Ulysses S. Grant. The protestors also spray painted park benches as well as  statues of Don Quixoted and Cervantes.  But nobody was arrested.

The most pointed criticism of the vandalism London Breed could offer up was to say that cleaning up the mess would require the use of funds that could otherwise go to black people. “There is very real pain in this country rooted in our history of slavery and oppression, especially against African-Americans and Indigenous people. I know that pain all too well,” she said in a statement. “But the damage done to our park last night went far beyond just the statues that were torn down, and included significant damage to Golden Gate Park.”

“Every dollar we spend cleaning up this vandalism takes funding away from actually supporting our community, including our African-American community,” she declared. “I say this not to defend any particular statue or what it represents, but to recognize that when people take action in the name of my community, they should actually involve us. And when they vandalize our public parks, that’s their agenda, not ours.”

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9 thoughts on “Toppled Statues Are Subject of Laudatory Article and Gentle Rebuke by SF Mayor

  1. This mindless destruction will not stop with statues. BLM has already announced they are going after images of Jesus which means churches will be vandalized and burned. Soon art museums and libraries will fall and no doubt institutions of learning will be right behind.

    Conquerors always destroy the existing culture before replacing it with theirs!

    1. Just one problem with your ending: BLM has no culture other than crime, violence, and contempt for the rule of law.

  2. Leave it to the L.A. Times to celebrate these sickening actions. Throw the book at these hateful destructive zombies.

  3. Herb. This is true but they can’t or won’t think past their present hate to see what their future would be like. The real forces that are using them as an army do have a plan.

    1. CW: You are absolutely right. The useful-idiot zombies will be sucked into the mucky maw they are creating the same as anyone who happens to be the object of their in-the-moment rage. Rage that has been purposefully implanted by the way and then stirred up when the time is “right” by the unseen, ivory-towered, moat-surrounded fiends. So the zombies might want to re-think their activities; not that I’m expecting them to check into the Globe to pick up anti-terrorism tips.

  4. The elites will promise BLM the sun, moon and stars and will deliver urban cesspools to keep them miserable, hateful and ever more violent. In the meantime Soros will become richer and richer and richer.

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