by Damjan Tutarkov
Since the beginning of the anti-racism, anti-police brutality protests in late May, at least 183 monuments and memorials have been vandalized, desecrated, or taken down, according to a new report by The Federalist.
Statues and memorials have been continually targeted during the civil unrest triggered by George Floyd’s death on May 25.
In most cases, the statues targeted commemorated historic figures including Founding Fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, colonial and religious figures, explorers, and Confederate leaders.
However, on several occasions, protesters deliberately or unknowingly sought to remove or attacked statues of noted abolitionists including Matthias Baldwin, whose statue in Philadelphia protesters vandalized last month, and even Abraham Lincoln, when demonstrators tried and failed to topple the Emancipation Memorial in Lincoln Park, D.C. last month.