Now Native Americans Want Statues Pulled Down in Charlottesville, Virginia

If you were naive enough to have thought that the radical left only wanted to pull down Confederate statues, you were mistaken because now we see liberals rallying to have a “racist” statue to famed Indian woman Sacagawea pulled down in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A statue to the famous Shoshone Indian has stood in Charlottesville, the hometown of founding father Thomas Jefferson, for 100 years, but now, all of a sudden, liberals and some Native American radicals are “offended” by the statue, Daily Signal reports.

Sacagawea, who aided famed western explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark from 1803 to 1806 during their expedition of discovery and mapping, lived until 1812, and has been a celebrated Native American for most of our American history after the founding era.

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But now, the Charlottesville City Council is meeting to discuss destroying the statue to her memory that stands at the intersection of Ridge and Main streets and appears on the National Register of Historic Places.

The statue, which is 100 years old this year, was sculpted by Charles Keck and paid for by Paul Goodloe McIntire, a  Virginia stockbroker.

It depicts Lewis and Clark looking westward and Sacagawea leaning down and looking at the ground as if looking for tracks and sign on the ground.

The statue may be in the way of roadway improvements and could be moved 20 feet from its current position, but the meeting to move the statue for road improvements — a wholly legitimate reason — became a sudden attack on the statue and a platform to pull the thing down entirely.

“We are in a position where we have to move it 20 feet. One of my colleagues raised the idea of relocating it or removing it,” Democrat Vice Mayor Heather Hill said. “There’s just different opinions. Obviously, some see it as art and that she is guiding Lewis and Clark on their expedition. Others see it as a [physical posture where] she is not being elevated. We’ve heard compelling arguments each way.”

As Daily Signal reported one protester said:

During the council’s June meeting, Charlottesville resident Grace Hays said that, as a Native American, the statue pained her.

“When you get close to her face, you kind of see that she looks concerned at the very least,” Hays told the council. “Maybe afraid. She’s crouching, she’s hiding, she’s there with her baby.”

“I have my feelings about the statue,” Hays said. “I also feel like her family, her descendants’ feelings, are really the most important in terms of how she’s portrayed.”

Others called for the entire removal of the statue, not just moving it to make room for widening the road.

The victim class strikes again.

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