While the statues of Winston Churchill and Geroge Washington have been vandalised, protesters have not laid a finger on the Lenin monuments and even plan to erect a new statue for the former Soviet leader. It is not uncommon for left-wing ideologues to support the ideas of Marxism and Communism whilst trying to sweep the horrors of these regimes under the rug.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has many common traits with both the communist and Marxist ideologies, for instance banning works that oppose their political ideology and censoring books, or removing statues and distorting or falsifying the past.
In a recent interview BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors has described herself as a radical anti-white Marxist. She admitted that the movement does have an ideological frame, adding that she and a fellow activist are specially trained organisers and Marxists, and that they are "super versed on ideological theories…"
The movement's communist traits have also manifested themselves in the continuing destruction of public statues and monuments. While protesters have vandalised or defaced the monuments of an increasing number of historical figures, the statues of Lenin have remained intact.
Among the statues toppled and defaced is that of Christopher Colombus. The US city of Colombus bearing his name is even contemplanting a name change because of the explorer's involvement in slave trade.
The protesters also considered the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to be a racist and a Nazi, a sentiment echoed by their recent graffiti spray-painted across the statesman's statue.
Churchill was not only the smasher of fascism and liberator of nations, but was one of the greatest Britons who ever lived. Those that denigrated his memory should have the weight of the full force of the law bearing down on them. pic.twitter.com/khGrb7JInb— Alexander Stafford MP (@Alex_Stafford) June 7, 2020
The statues of Charles de Gaulle, Andrew Jackson and George Washington have also been toppled and vandalised, as shown below, along with a very long list of historical figures whose statues have also been torn down or damaged. Interestingly, however, the statue of Lenin has remained untouched in Seattle, where extremist protesters under the BLM banner have established their own autonomous zone.
Washington Lenin— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) June 19, 2020
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There is nothing new about the left wing trying to whitewash the perilous ideologies of communism and Marxism. Two years ago, former European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker not only attended the opening event of the exhibition held in honour of Karl Marx, but he also went to great lenghts to praise the father of communism.
Speaking at the opening ceremony in Trier, Marx's hometown, Juncker, who struggles with alcohol problems, said that the philosopher today "stands for things, which he is not responsible for". His rhetoric is particularly interesting today, when far-left activists are tearing down statues of historical figures.
According to Juncker, Marx was the greatest thinker of modern times.
Meanwhile, the statues of Lenin have been unaffected by the fury of the enlightened crowd. In Germany, another monument was erected for the father of Leninism and first leader of the Soviet Union.
A statue honoring mass murderer Vladimir Lenin was erected in Germany on June 20. Lenin killed millions of Christians and thousands of priests, destroyed churches and outlawed Christianity. Another monument to this Communist butcher proudly stands in Seattle, Washington. pic.twitter.com/HngzIS9CnX— Michael Hoffman (@HoffmanMichaelA) June 22, 2020
The statue, originally produced in the former Czechoslovakia in 1957, was unveiled in Gelsenkirchen. By courtesy of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD), this is the first statue of Lenin on the soil of former West Germany.
The time for anti-communist statues has clearly passed, MLPD leader Gabi Fechtner said, adding that Lenin was a thinker ahead of his time and an early fighter for freedom and democracy.