George Floyd statues vandalised in N.Y. & N.J.

DreamRyderX

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Source: The Guardian
Supporters of a white nationalist hate group defaced brand-new memorials to George Floyd in New York and New Jersey this week, even as the nation awaits a sentence for Floyd’s murderer.

Vandals painted the statues’ faces black, and used white markings to reference Patriot Front, a hate group that sprang from a neo-Nazi organization after the deadly “Unite the Right” Charlottesville rally, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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“It’s at the epitome of not only anti-Blackness and racism, but it is also about the lack of even basic human decency about the life of George Floyd,” Imani Henry, a lead organizer with Equality for Flatbush, told the New York Times.

“For someone to desecrate an innocent person’s tribute is just beyond the pale.”

Floyd died last year after Derek Chauvin, then a Minneapolis police officer, kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes, for which Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter. The graphic killing, which was captured on video, reinvigorated impassioned criticism of police brutality and racism in America, inspiring nationwide protests.

Chauvin is scheduled to be sentenced for second-degree murder on Friday and faces up to 40 years in prison.

The statues in Newark and Brooklyn were unveiled last week in connection with Juneteenth, a federal holiday commemorating slavery’s end.

“It’s only been five days, and it’s very disheartening,” said Courtney Nelson, the Floyd family’s spokesperson. “And it’s disgusting and it’s sad and it’s cowardly. And they did it like a thief in the night. But you can’t stop us.”

No arrests have been made, according to WABC-TV. Investigators have identified four suspects and released surveillance footage relating to the Brooklyn attack, which is being investigated as a hate crime.

Another Floyd memorial was vandalized in Philadelphia earlier this month, with “Patriot Front” spray-painted over the mural.

The hate group’s stencils have been present around New York for years, and its allies have used banners to promote slogans and other information locally, the New York Times reported.

“To the group of neo-Nazis who did this, I want to be absolutely clear: get the hell out of our state,” said New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Who was Geo. Floyd?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Floyd

George Perry Floyd Jr. (October 14, 1973 – May 25, 2020) was an African American man murdered by a police officer during an arrest after a store clerk suspected he may have used a counterfeit $20 bill in Minneapolis.[3] ..... Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Floyd grew up in Houston, playing football and basketball throughout high school and college. He was a hip hop artist and served as a mentor in his religious community. Between 1997 and 2005, he was convicted of eight crimes. He served four years in prison after accepting a plea bargain for a 2007 aggravated robbery in a home invasion.[5] In 2014, he moved to the Minneapolis area, residing in the nearby suburb of St. Louis Park, and worked as a truck driver and bouncer. In 2020, he lost his job as a truck driver, and then his security job during the COVID-19 pandemic.








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Squire

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The vandals are evidently associates of privileged white cops who hate the BLM movement.

I don't believe the police will arrest the vandals or indeed, that the police want to arrest their buddies.
 

Squire

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I expect a statue of Derek Chauvin will appear somewhere in the USA funded by right-wing morons and permitted by right-wing extremist governments and cops.
 

mothra

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Whilst he didn't deserve what happened to him, he doesn't deserve a statue either

Yeah, it's a bit weird. I sorta get it ... well almost ... a bit ... and on the subject, a whole bunch of people have statues who don't deserve them, so there is that.

Still, the fact remains there is a statue and it was defaced with white nationalist bullshit. Unsurprisingly in the current clime that is the US of A.
 

SethBullock

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Yeah, it's a bit weird. I sorta get it ... well almost ... a bit ... and on the subject, a whole bunch of people have statues who don't deserve them, so there is that.

Still, the fact remains there is a statue and it was defaced with white nationalist bullshit. Unsurprisingly in the current clime that is the US of A.
I can't stand white supremacist groups. I've met these cretins during my time in law enforcement, and they are just repugnant.

Another sub-culture I can't stand are those people who feel the need to perpetuate the idea that radical white supremacy is rampant in the U.S. and who go so far as to create false flag attacks using messaging and vandalism.

So I hope law enforcement catches the people who defaced the statue. Whether they are true white supremacists or false flag perpetrators, it's a win-win either way. I hope they get caught.
 

mothra

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I can't stand white supremacist groups. I've met these cretins during my time in law enforcement, and they are just repugnant.

Another sub-culture I can't stand are those people who feel the need to perpetuate the idea that radical white supremacy is rampant in the U.S. and who go so far as to create false flag attacks using messaging and vandalism.

So I hope law enforcement catches the people who defaced the statue. Whether they are true white supremacists or false flag perpetrators, it's a win-win either way. I hope they get caught.

I can't help myself.

Seth, is it just me or are you a little more enthusiastic about the idea of false flag attacks than you have been on prior occasions?

I mean, i get it, it happens ... but it's a stock standard tool of the right. I know i've pointed that out numerous times and i also know i'm not the only one who has. From memory, it's been met with some reluctance from you. At least certainly, not warranting from you a disclaimer in defence.

I wonder about your hasty disclaimer in defence.

If i'm wrong, i do apologise but it seems you've (perhaps subconsconscously?) come down with a nasty bias.
 

SethBullock

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I can't help myself.

Seth, is it just me or are you a little more enthusiastic about the idea of false flag attacks than you have been on prior occasions?

I mean, i get it, it happens ... but it's a stock standard tool of the right. I know i've pointed that out numerous times and i also know i'm not the only one who has. From memory, it's been met with some reluctance from you. At least certainly, not warranting from you a disclaimer in it's defence.

I wonder about your hasty disclaimer in it's defence.

If i'm wrong, i do apologise but it seems you've (perhaps subconsconscously?) come down with a nasty bias.
Mothra, I think it comes from decades in law enforcement. I don't jump to conclusions, and I want proof of things before I form an opinion.

I think of radicals on the left and right as similar to each other in the sense that both contain zealots who believe that the ends justifies the means.

If the people who vandalized the statue are white supremacists, then that would be consistent with what they did, and they should be punished.

If they are extreme left wingers or anarchists trying to "create" a headline-grabbing racist event, then that, too, would be consistent with their warped agenda.

I hope the perpetrators are caught. But until they are, and we know about them, I just won't jump to a conclusion.
 

mothra

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Mothra, I think it comes from decades in law enforcement. I don't jump to conclusions, and I want proof of things before I form an opinion.

I think of radicals on the left and right as similar to each other in the sense that both contain zealots who believe that the ends justifies the means.

If the people who vandalized the statue are white supremacists, then that would be consistent with what they did, and they should be punished.

If they are extreme left wingers or anarchists trying to "create" a headline-grabbing racist event, then that, too, would be consistent with their warped agenda.

I hope the perpetrators are caught. But until they are, and we know about them, I just won't jump to a conclusion.

With respect, Seth, that doesn't address my point.

You've simply expanded on what you already said ... and i entirely agree.

What i raised was that you seem suspiciously more willing to accept a false flag event in this scenario, so much more wiling that you dedicated your second and larger paragraph to it, than you have been when it has been pointed out to you that others have been framed. Even when convictions have been forthcoming.

I put to you that this is either conscious or subconscious bias. But bias nonetheless.
 
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