Last week, a man was injured when a statue hit him on the head as he participated with a Black Lives Matter group to remove it.

Popular Mechanics decided to publish an article with instructions on how to topple these statues so you don’t get hurt.

The magazine claims the article is not an encouragement for people to tear down the statues, though!

Remember, folks! Popular Mechanics only published the article “to describe the physics and mechanics of removing statues, in light of national attention being drawn to the removal of Confederate monuments and statues.”

I’m not going to post any of the instructions, but here’s the introduction:

It hasn’t been a great past few weeks for statues.

From Bristol, England to Birmingham, Alabama, people all over the world have been grappling with the legacy of racism by tossing their grappling hooks around the heads of problematic monuments.

Should you happen to find yourself near a statue that you decide you no longer like, we asked scientists for the best, safest ways to bring it to the ground without anyone getting hurt—except, of course, for the inanimate racist who’s been dead for a century anyway.

Hilarious that the disclaimer states, “Popular Mechanics is not encouraging anyone to remove any statues.”

But not because you shouldn’t destroy property! Only because “[T]here is a risk of injury whenever you try to remove or destroy a statue, even if you were to apply information in this article.”

 

 
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