Anti-racism protestors have mistakenly defaced and tossed a statue of a prominent US anti-slavery leader this week, sparking huge backlash online.
Keep scrolling to watch a clip of the incident, and to read about the life of the anti-slavery campaigner.
The Black Lives Matter movement is gaining traction like never before.
via: Getty ImagesSince the death of George Floyd, protests for the movement have been happening across the globe in volumes we've never seen before.
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...
via: GettyBut George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
via: GettyAnd they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
Many protests turned violent...
via: GettyBut change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
Remarkably, however, they seem to be working.
BLACK WOMEN MATTER. BLACK MEN MATTER. BLACK CHILDREN MATTER. BLACK FAMILIES MATTER. BLACK POSSIBILITIES MATTER.… https://t.co/y6dlDWKPN3— a gem (@a gem)1591104461.0
It has also taken over our streets...
Ahead of a planned protest this weekend, the road to the White House was painted with a giant "Black Lives Matter"… https://t.co/6M3H6ehuNs— David Luganda🇺🇬 (@David Luganda🇺🇬)1591398030.0
Protests have been happening across the pond too...
via: GettyHundreds of thousands of people have been taking to the streets in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
We are witnessing history in the making...
via: GettyAnd people are continuing to demand justice.
One of the most recent events is the tearing down of statues of slave traders and other controversial figures by protesters.
Historic scenes in Bristol as protesters kneel on the neck of the toppled statue of Edward Colston for eight minute… https://t.co/p7VVmxHW7n— Martin Booth (@Martin Booth)1591539194.0
Colston was a slave trader.
The moment a statue of slave trader Edward Colston toppled into Bristol’s harbour. ‘It’s what he deserves. I’ve bee… https://t.co/xzJLp90l6r— Sarah Turnnidge (@Sarah Turnnidge)1591542295.0
A statue of Christopher Columbus in Virginia was another of those torn down and defaced.
via: Getty ImagesThe statue was ninety-three-years-old and had been standing there to commemorate the Italian explorer.
Controversy has surrounded Columbus' name for many years now...
via: TwitterHis transatlantic voyages unlocked an entire continent for European colonization and turned the Italian explorer into a modern symbol of conquest and violence for native Americans.
It didn't take long for the protesters to completely dislodge the statue...
via: GettyAnd this is when things turned ugly.
The statue was set on fire and covered in graffiti...
via: Getty ImagesAnd protesters then dumped it in Richmond's Fountain lake as a final demand for justice.
Many agreed with the protestors' actions...
@YourAnonCentral Christopher Columbus killed many Native Americans, enslaved them and took away all their wealth su… https://t.co/IIaiQEOw4j— Kilobyte_ex (@Kilobyte_ex)1591770739.0
But this week, anti-racism protestors mistakenly defaced a statue of an anti-slavery leader.
The violence last night in Madison including the attack against State Senator Carpenter & the criminal defacing of… https://t.co/KIjIRXzAXU— Bryan Steil (@Bryan Steil)1593007849.0
Heg was one of America's fiercest anti-slavery campaigners.ABC reports.
In 1863, he was shot leading his regiment against Confederate troops at the Battle of Chickamauga.
via: TwitterHe passed away the next day from his injuries.
His statue, located outside Wisconsin's State Capitol in Madison, was defaced on Tuesday night.And was emblazoned with graffiti that read "Fire Matt Kenny," in reference to the white police officer who shot and killed black nineteen-year-old Tony Robinson in Wisconsin back in 2015.
People on Twitter hit out at the protestors who defaced the statue.
Black lives matter & Left wing criminals tore down Hans Christian Heg Statue in Madison, WI. Hans was an Anti-Slav… https://t.co/tmDi1BN2D9— Matrix Forest 🌲 (@Matrix Forest 🌲)1592985460.0
People are furious...Some branded the incident as "insanity."
Watch the video of the incident in question below:
Statue of Hans Christian Heg, an anti-slavery activist and American Civil War soldier, was beheaded in Madison, Wis… https://t.co/MysAsNuDBo— Andy Ngô (@Andy Ngô)1593002842.0