The riots and mayhem that occurred earlier this month in Minneapolis has spread around the world, most recently to Madison, Wisconsin.
Earlier in June, criminals, with television cameras rolling, toppled a state-sanctioned statue in front of the Minnesota State Capitol.
These mobs and their actions aren’t really about Christopher Columbus or any of the other historical artifacts that have been destroyed in recent days.
There is a process to have these difficult conversations about state-sanctioned recognition via art/statues and whether they should still remain on display. These rioters choose instead to ignore the process and take matters into their own violent and mob-ruled hands.
Unruly crowds in Madison yesterday tore down two statues including one that they felt the need to completely destroy. This statue was of Civil War Col. Hans Christina Heg, an “anti-slavery activist and leader of an anti-slave catcher militia in Wisconsin who fought for the Union and died from injuries suffered during the Battle of Chickamauga.”
Here’s the complete story about the riot.