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Inevitable: Chicago Pastor Demands Washington Name be Removed from Park Because of Slavery Ties

Inevitable: Chicago Pastor Demands Washington Name be Removed from Park Because of Slavery Ties

Opportunistic wave riding

Gee, who could’ve seen this coming?

A Chicago Pastor is demanding George Washington’s name be removed from a city park because Washington was a slave owner. He’s also targeting a park named after Andrew Jackson.

From Chicago’s CBS affiliate:

A Chicago pastor has asked the Emanuel administration to remove the names of two presidents who owned slaves from parks on the South Side, saying the city should not honor slave owners in black communities.

A bronze statue of George Washington on horseback stands at the corner of 51st and King Drive, at the northwest entrance to Washington Park.

Bishop James Dukes, pastor of Liberation Christian Center, said he wants the statue gone, and he wants George Washington’s name removed from the park.

“When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans,” he said. “Some people out here ask me, say ‘Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.’ That’s almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat.”

Dukes said, even though Washington was the nation’s first president and led the American army in the Revolutionary War, he’s no hero to the black community.

“There’s no way plausible that we would even think that they would erect a Malcolm X statue in Mount Greenwood, Lincoln Park, or any of that. Not that say Malcolm X was a bad guy; they just would not go for it,” he said. “Native Americans would not even think about putting up a Custer statue, because of the atrocities that he plagued upon Native Americans. And for them to say to us ‘just accept it’ is actually insulting.”

Dukes continued on his Facebook page:

We as Chicagoans must now take the microscope and place it on the statues, monuments and parks that we give honor to. We cannot allow slavery and racism to be awarded in our communities by honoring individuals that indeed partook in the very institution that has kidnapped, murdered, raped, and terrorized our forefather and mothers. The institution of slavery denied education, voting rights, marriage, family unity and property ownership. It has caused generations of psychological trauma, inequality, and lack of wealth that are still prevalent in the lives of us (the descendants of slaves).

We, as a country and city, must heal. That healing can only happen by making moral choices that reflect the creed, that all people are created equal and respected. We will not allow the atrocities of slavery and racism to live through memories in our communities; instead, they should be eradicated and dismantled.

Opportunistic wave riding if ever it existed, but revisionism is a nasty beast regardless of how or why it rears its awful head.

In 2014, Aretha Hence sued Liberation Christian Center and James E. Dukes for breach of contract, claiming they failed to pay back the almost $80,000 she lent them.

But opportunism aside, this is the natural progression of things — once you begin erasing historical monuments, there is no end. When it becomes wholly accepted to impose current values on historical figures and events, why bother with history at all?

As much as it pains me to say so, Trump called this very issue in his heated pressed Monday. “This week it’s Robert E. Lee. I notice that Stonewall Jackson’s [statue is] coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week, and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You really do have to ask yourself, when does it stop?” he asked.

When does it stop?

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Dukes should be removed from the radio because his name is too close to David Duke’s.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to | August 16, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I do believe that “James Dukes” was an original slave owner of hundreds of slaves.


    See how that reality works.

    Close The Fed in reply to | August 16, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Well, let’s be more observant here. The man’s screenshot shows he’s a “Dr.” THAT is cultural appropriation. Western civilization’s education institutions created that term; who is he to use it?

    Close The Fed in reply to | August 16, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Thinking more, as Cassius Clay said – paraphrasing – thank God my granddaddy got on that boat!

    The only reason blacks are here, as I understand, is they were brought here for slavery. If so, this fella, without his great-great-great-….-grandparents grievous injuries, would be in Africa. Would he have a show? A congregation? Mosquito nets? DDT?

    Perhaps he should instead put up a statue to his ancestors, in thanks for their skills of survival under difficult conditions.

    I wonder if he would also support the destruction of all the mosques in the U.S., since Muhammad was a slave owner and a participant in the slave trade.

    Or does he think it’s acceptable to honor, and even worship, that particular slave owner?

irishgladiator63 | August 16, 2017 at 7:57 pm

So, out of curiosity, what happens to all of the black people with the last names Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, etc.?

hztory iz ignant and raysis….
3/5 compromise (done partially to help end slavery sooner) was after washington and others WON the war.

    malclave in reply to dmacleo. | August 16, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I think his point was that slaves should have been counted in full, not as 3/5, so the Civil War and subsequent emancipation would have been delayed.

If White people are going to allow the minority’s to completely destroy our history, I really see no future for the world as I know it , and really don’t want to be a part of this insanity.

It needs to stop now, absolutely now.
Trump is out there alone trying to put his finger in the damn.. we need to get loud and back that man up!!!

“George Washington is no hero to the black community.” Then why did so many black parents name their children after George Washington?

George Washington Carver, just to grab one on the many GW’s in the black community.

Booker T. Washington took the name Washington as his surname. OK, Booker T was thinking of his step-father whose first name was Washington, but if this name is so abhorrent to blacks, well, …

This is rather out of character for me, but “F**k you, pastor!”

This progressive circumstance has South Africa written all over it. Blacks and whites on one side. Blacks and whites on the other side. A mass abortion field is opened to narrow the gap… for oil and Democratic leverage.

Wait. That’s the tale of two Libyas, Ukraines, Serbias, and Syrias, too.

Request denied.

Sigh…. it has become blinding obvious that cheap cotton years ago has ended up being way too expensive today.

If Dukes wants to heal Chicago, maybe he could start by asking his brothers to stop shooting each other?

    kenoshamarge in reply to snopercod. | August 17, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Instead of worrying about a statue maybe Pastor Dukes should think about the fact that:

    “During the 503 days between the Trayvon Martin shooting and the Zimmerman verdict – 10,865 blacks were killed by other blacks. Name one.”

even though Washington was the nation’s first president and led the American army in the Revolutionary War, he’s no hero to the black community

And some people are so stupid they still don’t understand the sudden rise of this White Nationalism stuff. Well, the reason is right there in front of them.

When does it stop?

I’m afraid it stops when about 250 million white Americans think, “enough of this shit,” and realize, however reluctantly and belatedly, that White Nationalism may be the only alternative to allowing the United States to be turned into just another third world shithole. I don’t like it any more than anyone else, but there aren’t too many directions this can go.

I personally never thought that “the Community” would be stupid enough to push their pet bigotries so far.

Wow, was I ever wrong.

Doesn’t President Obama have slave owners in his ancestry ? Just saying…

    C. Lashown in reply to scfanjl. | August 17, 2017 at 5:12 am

    I didn’t know that…

    I do know that the only person bought or sold in his immediate family was his Mother. She worked in the porn industry in her youth younger days before Obama was born.

Washington Park is the site of the DuSable Museum of African American History. It is also the proposed site for the Obama presidential library.

Healing through erasing history does nothing to heal. Memories still remain and animosities fester. Erasing history further reminds me of the former Soviet Union. A name would disappear from official records and Pravda archives as if that person never existed,but there was always some one who remembered.

Spanish conquistadors are responsible for many of the place names in California. They committed atrocities, real or perceived against the native tribes. They force converted natives to Christianity. Should we now rename all our cites?

I wonder what the progressives of SF think of that idea? The city is named for the Mission San Francisco de Asis founded by Fr. Junipero Serra, which still stands today under the popular name Mission Delores.

And what of Junipero Serra himself? There’s a stone statue of him on a hill off of of Interstate 280 (aka Junipero Serra Fwy) overlooking the Crystal Springs reservoir.

    Anchovy in reply to MadisonS. | August 16, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Not only do these cities have Spanish names, many are named after Catholic saints. What about separation of church and state? And what do you do when the whole state has a Spanish name? Or even English (hated racist colonialist white people) names like New York?

    We should just rename all cities using prime numbers.

the Catholic church experienced this in what is called the Iconoclast controversy… get rid of images under the guise of following God’s directives… same thing here… remove images, destroy anything that appears to offend… thank God grace prevailed… who knows what will happen here… Western culture in decline.

Can we now remove Dukes from the list of sentient beings?

Thank you once again, obama! You have totally transformed our once great nation into a raging tower of Babel. Without you constant divisiveness, we would still be laboring under the delusion that we are all Americans.

I, for one, am so happy to have had eight years of racial healing!

I suspect much of the resentment towards minorities is due to Government mandated preferences in hiring and education. This certainly does not justify and violence.

How many generations, after affirmative action is stopped, will someone look at a person of color in a desirable position and not think it was because of a preference due to minority status and because of merit?

“He said he’s not necessarily asking the city rename the parks altogether. He suggested Washington Park could be named after former Mayor Harold Washington, and Jackson Park could be named after civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson or singer Michael Jackson.”

yeah, lets rename the parks. We can rename one after a racist or a pervert. And a former mayor? Maybe next week we can start burning the books.

    The left has no need to burn history books, since they’ve been re-writing them to suit themselves for years now.

    inspectorudy in reply to robertsgunshop. | August 17, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I wonder where this idiot thinks that the Negros of the time got the name Washington from? Like Jefferson, these names were chosen by the people of that time since they didn’t have American sir names. Can this get any more inane?

Bitterlyclinging | August 17, 2017 at 9:52 am

After Chicago is nuked, leave it in its destroyed state instead of rebuilding it as permanent testimony to Buraq Hussein Obama’s perfidy, treason, treachery, and betrayal and the people that supported him, Rahm, Oprah, Jeremiah Wright….

Nick At ProCon Alliance | August 17, 2017 at 9:54 am

It would also logically follow that we should remove all statues and memorials to Dr. Martin Luther King as he was a womanizer. Certainly Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby would also have to be written out of history. Robert Byrd will have to go as well as all Southern Democrats and most Northern Democrats prior to the 1990’s. Charles Lindberg – write him out. Henry Ford. Wow, not that I follow his logic there are not going to be too many statues or memorials left.

Seems to me there’s a fundamental difference between wanting to erase all honors to people who were traitors to the USA and people who were the founders of the USA. We can have legitimate debate about the first, but not the second.

He said it himself: “Even though Washington was the nation’s first president and led the American army in the Revolutionary War, he’s no hero to the black community.” Well, you have to decide, are you Americans or not? If you want to be regarded as legitimate Americans, with the same rights and privileges as all others, then you must be Americans, which necessarily means adopting the civic religion of Americans, including the adoration of its founders. If Washington is not a hero to you, then you are not a real American and don’t deserve to be treated as one. If you set yourself up as an alien community, distinct from the nation, then expect to be treated accordingly.

Close The Fed | August 17, 2017 at 10:38 am

I disagree with Milhouse’s first paragraph, but agree about the separate point he makes in the last 3/4s of his second.

Who could have known that George C Wallace would be the seer of black people.

Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever!

The Democratic Party should be renamed to the Progressive Fascist Party because it was founded to fight for slavery and racism.

After destroying Confederate statues the liberal left might deface or destroy the headstones on the graves of the Confederate soldiers. The stones have Confederate symbols on them.

Then they could remove all references in every history book to the War Between the States including all references to slavery.

Once they remove everything about this chapter in our history, all Affirmative Action programs should be eliminated since slavery never existed.

It seems we have our own Isis in our midst, they are Liberal Left Leaning Democrats.

We’ll also have to change the name of our nation’s capital from “Washington DC” to “Trump City,” or maybe “Reaganopolis,” or “Nixonia.”