Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show,” criticized the left’s continued assault on statues across the U.S., this time calling for the removal of a statue of Abraham Lincoln that was funded by emancipated slaves.
WUSA9 reported that the statue of Honest Abe, which was erected in 1876, is located on Capitol Hill, at the center of Lincoln Park. It was ruled offensive because it depicts Lincoln standing above a freed slave kneeling at his feet. There is currently a petition circulating to have the statue sidelined.
The report said that the statue was funded by freed slaves to honor the president on the 11th anniversary of his assassination.
There are others in D.C. who want the statue to stay. They insist that the statue is as much a monument for the president as it is for those who paid for it.
Sexton pointed out that Frederick Douglass spoke at the dedication of the statue yet—“they want to tear this down because it doesn’t comport with their view of how statues should depict events like this.”
Sexton said that one of the most troubling elements about the assault on the nation’s statues is the fact that there is no room for discussion. If you defend a statue of Robert E. Lee, for example, then you must be a racist and believe in slavery. The discussion ends there. How can you possibly have a conversation with someone who can defend such a heinous time in our country's past?
And if you make the case that a statue is historic and ought to stay in place, these protesters simply take matters into their own hands.
Sexton pointed out how statues of Union leaders are now also being toppled in places like Wisconsin.
“If you fought and died to end the practice of slavery, you might still get canceled,” he said. “What greater act could one take than to fight on this side of the army to end slavery?”
Marcia Cole, a member of the Female Re-enactors of Distinction (FREED), told WUSA9 that she believed the statue should remain in place. She pointed out that she played the role of Charlotte Scott, a former slave who spent her first five dollars she ever earned to start the fundraiser for the Lincoln statue in D.C.
“What he’s [the freed slave in the statue] symbolizing to me and others is that he’s indicating his previous position of servitude, but he’s rising out of that,” she said.