Protest organizer: attempt to remove Emancipation Statue in Lincoln Park happens Thursday (ABC7)
Hundreds gathered Tuesday night to protest The Emancipation Statue in Lincoln Park. It was originally designed to depict an enslaved person, freed from his shackles, moving toward freedom in the shadow Abraham Lincoln.
But in today’s optics, this imagery is offensive to organizer Glenn Foster.
Foster says, “This statue embodies the fact that Black people are inferior to white people.”
Marcus Goodwin has gathered 5000 signatures calling for the statue’s removal.
Goodwin says, “We don’t see a man rising. We see a man on his hands and knees in shackles. He’s not even wearing a shirt. Whereas, we have the magnanimous emancipator Abraham Lincoln standing above him.”
At one point, a woman living in the neighborhood asked if there could be a dialogue about keeping the statue.
"We need to not hide history,” she said. But protesters quickly moved in, shouting her down.
Foster added, “On Thursday at 7 pm, we will be back here with the intent of tearing this statue down and let everyone know in Lincoln Park and everywhere else in D.C. that we are not going to go away silently.”
Neither are protesters across town.
“I think we are at a point where more people are trying to listen and I think that’s great. My sign says to police the police. We all need to hold police officers accountable when they unjustly murder people," says protester Sara Clark.
It’s hard to know history’s final accounting of this tumultuous time. But if geography tells us anything on Black Lives Matter Plaza in the nation’s capital, this movement to end racial injustice and police brutality has momentum.
Chris Clanton traveled from Atlanta to be here.
Clanton says, “And now that it’s finally getting cracks in it, in the light of the system is being shown to the people, it is time.”