Lewis and Clark Explorer’s Home County Purges His Statue

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Daniel Greenfield,

The War on Statues began with easy Civil War targets and then quickly became what it had always been, a broad spectrum war on America.

I originally wrote this article quite a few years ago. It’s becoming truer every year.

Columbus is an easier target than America itself, though the left considers both colonialist vermin. Americans are less likely to protest over the banishment of Columbus to the politically correct gulag  than over the banishing America itself, which was named after another one of those colonialist explorers, Amerigo Vespucci. First they came for Columbus Day and then for the Fourth of July.
The battles being fought over Columbus Day foreshadow the battles to be fought over the Fourth of July. As Columbus Day joins the list of banned holidays in more cities, one day there may not be a Fourth of July, just a day of Native Resistance to remember the atrocities of the colonists with PBS documentaries comparing George Washington to Hitler.
A nation’s mythology, its paragons and heroes, its founding legends and great deeds, are its soul. To replace them with another culture’s perspective on its history is to kill that soul.
That is the ultimate goal of political correctness, to kill America’s soul

And now it’s time for more soul-killing.

The city council voted to direct city staff to create a plan for the removal of the West Main Street statue commemorating the Lewis and Clark expedition during a work session Friday.’

lewis_clark The statue depicts explorers Meriwether Lewis, who was born in Albemarle County, and William Clark, accompanied by Shoshone interpreter Sacagawea.

The council approved a resolution to remove the statue and directed staff to return with a cost estimate and plan for its removal. No date was set for that presentation.

At the work session, councilors discussed the statue with Native Americans and some of Sacagawea’s descendants, who traveled to Charlottesville from Idaho.

Charlottesville is the county seat of Albemarle Country. So Lewis’ home county is purging the great explorer.

Rose Ann Abrahamson, a descendant of Sacagawea and a Shoshone-Bannock woman, said she has seen nearly every depiction of her ancestor in the country.

“This statue in Charlottesville was the worst we have ever seen,” she said.

Abrahamson said the statue shows Sacagawea “cowering and recoiling.” She said it should be in a location where it can become an “object of discussion of America’s intolerant past.”

Sacagawea isn’t depicted as cowering. She’s sitting on a rock sheltered by the two male explorers. Her face is calm. Her hand appears to be tucked into one of their hands. She finds them a source of security.

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This is a traditional male-female paradigm.

Exactly what the Left hates.