Portland protests are now just vandalism: Elk statue set on fire last night
July 2, 2020 at 11:59 PM - Views: 103 #332549
Portland makes international news again – though I live walking distance from the elk (a few miles) I first learned this on RT at https://www.rt.com/usa/493549-elk-portland-fire-statue-protest/ . It saddens me greatly – there are also river otter and other statues in the area. Many downtown Portland businesses have been boarded up and covered in graffiti – I hate to think what I will see when I next go downtown.
A mob in Portland, Oregon, has torched a statue of an elk, prompting observers to theorize that perhaps the animal was a “slave owner” or a “white supremacist”.
Demonstrators on Wednesday night lit fires around the downtown landmark, quickly engulfing the horned effigy in flames. Videos show a small inferno wrapped around the base of the landmark.
It’s unclear why protesters targeted the statue. It was donated by former mayor David P. Thompson back in 1900 to commemorate the elk herds that once populated the region. However, there was plenty of speculation about what the animal had done to deserve being consumed by flames.
“That elk owned several slaves and was one of the biggest cotton-farm owners around Portland,” joked one Twitter user. Others wondered if perhaps “extinct elk herds” represent the “last bastion of white supremacy” in Oregon. Conservative pundit Ian Miles Cheong jokingly applauded the protesters for finally finding a way to end racism.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 2, 2020
July 3, 2020 at 12:23 AM #332572N2DocParticipant
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July 3, 2020 at 12:30 AM #332573Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Notice the anarchist symbol spray-painted on the base. This is destruction just for the fun of it.
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July 3, 2020 at 12:45 AM #332582
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July 3, 2020 at 2:41 AM #332643HaikugalModerator
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That’s a shame…can’t have nice things unless we all learn how to address out problems, and only then focusing our anger where it belongs.
The DNC “big tent” excludes Nina Turner but includes John Kasich.
July 3, 2020 at 2:43 AM #332646Ohio BarbarianModerator
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July 3, 2020 at 2:50 AM #332651
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A fire was set near the Elk Fountain statue in downtown Portland as protests continued on Wednesday night.
The statue, also known as the David P. Thompson Fountain, itself was not burned, nor was the fountain — but an area right next to it is now filled with ashes. The statue is also covered in graffiti.
The sculpture was donated to the city in 1900. It has been designated a Portland historic landmark.
July 3, 2020 at 7:29 AM #33280299th MonkeyParticipant
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In the midst of a string of downtown park blocks. Glad the statue survived this stupid stunt.
July 3, 2020 at 8:15 AM #332837
July 3, 2020 at 8:37 AM #332859HalfCentury ManParticipant
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No meaning or gains for actual anarchists, lots of gains for the establishment and the “guardians” of society.
Follow the money (profits).
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
John F. Kennedy: 13 March 1962.
July 5, 2020 at 6:31 PM #333624
Nihilism is pretty extreme form of anarchism:
Here’s an anarchosyndicalist:
As for nihilism in general, putting property over people score’s on the top.
July 5, 2020 at 8:32 PM #333653
Authoritarian followers needing and looking for parental figure of Great Leader, State worship etc. ain’t exactly very adult behaviour.
Do you trust this system to take care of our children? You become anarchist when you stop trusting the systemic violence of state and accept the responsibility of militant care of an adult parent.
July 6, 2020 at 2:44 AM #333740MaedhrosParticipant
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Not all anarchists are like the Black Bloc or their ilk. I’ve met thoughtful, legitimate anarchists who are frustrated with the public perception of anarchy, namely that it is about petulant, wanton destruction.
Anarchy as a political philosophy is quite removed from chaos in the streets.
His body recovered from his torment and became hale,
but the shadow of his pain was in his heart;
and he lived to wield his sword with left hand
more deadly than his right had been.
July 6, 2020 at 3:11 AM #333762
I don’t always agree with all Black Bloc and Antifa tactics and actions, and I’m not afraid to offer my constructive criticism to those who engage in counterproductive stuff. Doesn’t mean that I withdraw my solidarity.
I do understand the sentiment from where nihilism comes from – which is not limited to anarchists only but potential to all humans -. deep hopelessness and resentment, and giving into that.
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