Lincoln Memorial And Smithsonian Vandalized Amid Escalating Anti-White Supremacy Protests

Pieter Howes - Author

Aug. 16 2017, Updated 4:01 a.m. ET

While anti-white supremacy protests across America continue to escalate and national monuments are being torn down and defaced, the most recent monument subjected to vandalism is the Abraham Lincoln Memorial at the end of the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Civil-era monuments, most of them commemorating prominent Confederate figures, have been the target of vigilante destruction since the violent protests erupted in Charlottesville on Saturday.

Now, it seems, the anger has reached the United States capital as dissidents spray painted the words “f**k law” onto one of the giant columns that tower around the massive statue of Abraham Lincoln.

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The National Park Service (NPS) issued a statement clarifying that one of their employees discovered the expletive sprayed in bright red onto the white column. The NPS is actively working on removing the offensive graffiti on one of Washington D.C.’s most famous landmarks.

A sign detailing a map of Smithsonian museums in the area was also defaced, this time with silver spray paint. The NPS said that it was not clear what the graffiti was intended to mean, and a preservation crew was already at the scene to remove the paint.

“It’s frustrating, not only for the Park Service but certainly for the visitors that come here, that anyone would vandalize any of our iconic memorials. Especially the Lincoln Memorial. Especially with everything that’s going on now,” said Mike Litterst on behalf of the National NPS.

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“To go to the site of the memorial to Abraham Lincoln and do that, that’s disappointing.”

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