As the protests continue to rage on across the country, some protestors have taken it upon themselves to re-arrange the furniture in their local areas, starting with all the "racist statues."
The latest to fall has been none other than our founding father, George Washington. And the photographs are not pretty, ladies and gentlemen.
Keep scrolling to see all the pictures...
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 and have now resorted to vandalism...
via: Getty ImagesBut 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.
But the latest statue to face the wrath of protestors is none other than the founding father.
via: Getty ImagesToday is the 22nd consecutive day of protesting here in the States and with more fuel added to the fire after another black man, Rayshard Brookes, was shot twice in the back by a police officer, it won't be letting up any time soon.
In Portland, George Washington was ripped from his stand and set on fire.
via: Getty ImagesIn images captured by Garrison Davis, you can see the old statue has been defaced and vandalized before being set on fire along with a burning flag.
It was rumored that a group of twenty people did this.
via: Getty ImagesReports state that "a separate group of about 20 people met at NE Sandy Boulevard and NE 57th Avenue around 10 PM at the site of a large bronze statue of George Washington."
via: Getty ImagesSome wrapped the statue’s head in an American flag and lit the flag on fire. Their numbers grew over the next hour until there were enough people to pull the statue to the ground. The police arrived a little later.
Here are some of the pictures uploaded to Twitter:
The George Washington statue in the Hollywood District of NE Portland is the latest one to be vandalized. The statu… https://t.co/XdkplJqecu— Eric Patterson (@Eric Patterson)1592569232.0
And The Oregonian also obtained this snapshot:
Protesters take down Thomas Jefferson statue in front of Portland’s Jefferson High School https://t.co/TZIq5s1wY9 https://t.co/OGr7hKnm2y— The Oregonian (@The Oregonian)1592199472.0