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Aug 17, 2017 by Will Maule

Chicago Pastor Urges Mayor To Tear Down Statue Of George Washington

President Trump's suggestion that many may call for the tearing down of George Washington's statue following the Charlottesville violence may be coming to pass. “It’s time," says Chicago pastor Bishop James E. Dukes, according to The Washington Times.  

"Please read my letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and The Chicago Park District,” Mr. Dukes wrote on Facebook Tuesday night. “I’m calling on them to change the names of Washington and Jackson Park. Slave owners do not deserve the honor of our children playing in parks named after them. There is no way a Native American Community would allow a General Custer Park or a Jewish Community allow a Gestapo Park in their community.”

On Tuesday, President Trump warned this could start happening. “This week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?” Trump said in an chaotic press conference at Trump Tower. 

“I am feeling ambivalent that I would have to walk my child, attend a parade or enjoy a game of softball in a park that commemorates the memory of a slave owner,” Dukes continued. “Therefore, I call on the immediate removal of President George Washington and President Andrew Jackson names from the parks located on the southeast side of Chicago. They should not have the distinct honor of being held as heroes when they actively participated in the slave trade.”



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