Abraham Lincoln monument removed from Boston
It's what you deserve, Abe!
In Boston, a statue of former President Abraham Lincoln was removed on Tuesday. According to opponents, the statue that Lincoln stands while a black man cleans his shoes was a ‘typical sign of white supremacy’.
Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, is considered one of the most important presidents in the history of the country. He was president during the civil war in the 19th century and prevented the agrarian south from seceding from the rest of the country. He also played a part in abolishing slavery.
A majority of Boston residents voted to remove the statue earlier this year. The statue shows Lincoln standing up, with under him a black man kneeling and polishing the president’s shoes. Opponents argued that the image preserves the ‘offensive prejudices against African-Americans’ and thereby underestimates the important role played by black people ‘in the struggle for the freedom of the nation’.
An image storm broke out in the US this year following protests against police violence against people of color and racism in general. At first, statues of leaders of the southern states of the war against Lincoln were the target, but many other images followed.