By adamg on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 10:01pm
The Nation got a copy of a Customs and Border Patrol memo used to justify the way federal agents are now scooping up people in Portland, OR (and cracking the odd protester's head with "less lethal" projectiles).
Among the Border Patrol's reasons for putting aside such niceties as the Constitution: The way "rioters" want to take down statues across the country. Among their examples: The move to get rid of the statue in Park Square, called "The Emancipator," that honors Lincoln but which also looks like a white guy towering over a half-naked Black man cowering on the ground.
What the memo doesn't say is that the effort to remove the statue was entirely peaceful and, not that this matters anymore, entirely legal, spurred by this video.
Also not mentioned: That the Boston Arts Commission voted unanimously to remove the city-owned statue from public view.
Do we need to organize a new generation of Minutemen to protect commission members?