In recent weeks, multiple Christopher Columbus statues have been defaced. Five of which, all occurred in New York. In a recent case, which took place in Central Park, the vandals painted the phrases “hate will not be tolerated” and “#SomethingsComing”. It now appears that this ominous message was a warning about a coordinated campaign to destroy more monuments.
On Thursday, September 21st, a NYC based Antifa group, Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM), announced a nationwide “Deface Columbus Day” campaign in which they called on antifa groups all across the country to take action and “decorate” their neighborhoods. As we previously reported, RAM is an extremely militant group that advocates for the violent redistribution of property and they recently hosted an “Our Enemies in Blue” anti-police workshop.
Although the video they included with the launch of this campaign depicts people physically destroying monuments they did not use any incriminating language in their statement at the antifa news website, It’s Going Down:
The battles lines have been drawn and white supremacists are on notice. White nationalist statues are crumbling all over the US as our collective revolutionary power is growing. As the monuments of white supremacist society fall we must continue to make it clear that their reign of terror is coming to an end.
For the occasion of Columbus Day, October 9th, one of the most vile ‘holidays’ of the year, the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement is calling for collectives all over the country to take action against this day and in support of indigenous people in the US and abroad who have been victims of colonialism and genocide.
We are calling for groups to “decorate” their neighborhoods as they see fit: put up murals, wheatpaste posters, drop a banner, etc. On October 9th put a picture of your action on social media and use the hashtags below. With these actions multiplied around the country, we will make it unequivocally clear that revolutionaries will always stand with the indigenous!
Revolutionary greetings to the insurgent Zapatista communities, the Lakota warriors, the Mapuche fighters, and all of our indigenous comrades in the struggle. With these actions, we renew our commitment to building a revolutionary movement strong enough to turn the tide permanently.”
These violent, far-left, extremists are not only coordinating a nationwide campaign to engage in criminal activity, they are encouraging their participants to broadcast these illegal actions and use the hashtags #F*ckColumbusDay and #DestroyColonialism. This is an extremely effective propaganda technique and I expect we will see similar campaigns in the future. As for this campaign, there is no doubt that we will see more monuments defaced in the coming weeks. The question is how will elected officials, the media, and our law enforcement community respond to these premeditated, politically motivated crimes?
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