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[Breaking] William McKinley Statue Targeted on the southside of Chicago

William McKinley statue vandalized on SW Side
Someone threw a rope that was attached to a car around the statue in an attempt to bring it down, police said. (Screenshot of Facebook live feed by John Kugler)

.... looks like they went after William F. McKinley statue in McKinley Park to tear it down saw this on my morning bike ride through the park ... (Update) Someone just sent me the link to an article just posted by the Sun-Times and comments off of Facebook

Facebook comments --

“McKinley, president from 1897 to 1901, joins a list of once revered U.S. figures who are now criticized for advancing white supremacy or being silent about attacks on Black Americans and Indigenous people.”

He was also an expansionist, imperialist, and assimilationist. During his time, he colonized Puerto Rico, The Philippines,and other territories around the world. People aren’t fond of colonization, imperialism, or American “Manifest Destiny.”

I’m a sorry. It’s one thing to tear down Christopher Columbus... I strongly disagree with tearing down presidential statues and monuments.

I saw it early this morning when I was driving down Archer. There was graffiti saying F**k America....with America spelled incorrectly from what I could read from the street

There’s also been talk of changing Mt McKinley’s name back to its former name that was given to it by the indigenous population

William McKinley statue vandalized on SW Side
Someone threw a rope that was attached to a car around the statue in an attempt to bring it down, police said. (Screenshot of Facebook live feed by John Kugler)

William McKinley statue vandalized on SW Side
Someone threw a rope that was attached to a car around the statue in an attempt to bring it down, police said. (Screenshot of Facebook live feed by John Kugler)

William McKinley statue vandalized: police ... about 4 a.m., someone threw a rope that was attached to a car around the statue in an attempt to bring it down, police said.

By Sun-Times Wire Nov 25, 2020, 5:34am CST

https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2020/11/25/21718825/william-mckinley-mckinley-park-statue-vandalized-archer

A statue of former president William McKinley was vandalized Wednesday morning at McKinley Park on the Southwest Side.

About 4 a.m., someone threw a rope around the statue in the 3700 block of South Archer Avenue, according to Chicago police. The rope was attached to a car in an attempt to bring down the statue, police said.

The statue was also spray-painted with graffiti, police said.

McKinley, president from 1897 to 1901, joins a list of once revered U.S. figures who are now criticized for advancing white supremacy or being silent about attacks on Black Americans and Indigenous people.

Earlier this year, vandals targeted a McKinley monument in Buffalo, New York.



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November 26, 2020 at 4:31 AM

By: john whitfield

Brief biography of Eugene McKinley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGyjbsG1xbk

(copy & paste link to watch)

November 26, 2020 at 4:34 AM

By: john whitfield

Video biography of William McKinley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGyjbsG1xbk

(copy & paste link to watch a brief video of McKinley)

November 28, 2020 at 12:32 AM

By: Theresa D. Daniels

McKinley Park

Thanks for this article, John. Things I didn't know. I'm so glad you've taken on Substance as its editor. Re McKinly Park, I have such memories of this park. Taking walks with my parents, later my dad while he was struggling with dementia. I had friends who lived on the other side of the park from where my brother lived. I would accompany them sometime when they would take their child to play there. Anyway, thanks for this memory of one of the parks in my life.

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