Protesters deface synagogues, statue of abolitionist, memorial to victims of communism

Protesters deface synagogues, statue of abolitionist, memorial to victims of communism

Widespread anti-semitic vandalism accompanied the recent protests that followed the tragic killing of George Floyd. The Times of Israel reports that “synagogues, schools and Jewish memorials” in Los Angeles were “vandalized with anti-Semitic, anti-Israel slogans” and “Jewish-owned businesses” were looted.

The Jerusalem Post reports thatProtesters also vandalized and damaged Congregation Beth Ahabah, a more than 200-year-old Reform congregation in Richmond, Virginia.”

In Philadelphia, protesters defaced the statue of Matthias Baldwin, a white abolitionist who fought against slavery three decades before it ended. As the Post Millennial notes, they spray-painted

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the words “murderer” and “colonizer” near his name despite the fact that he fought against slavery, fought for black voting rights, and even helped build schools for black children.

In Washington, DC, protesters defaced the memorial to victims of communism, which took the lives of more than 100 million people in the 20th Century. As Intellectual Takeout notes:

Marion Smith, the executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation tweeted images of the vandalism Tuesday. Photos show “BLM” and what looks to be part of another word spray painted on the statue.

In interesting, if perhaps coincidental timing, this vandalism of a tribute to the dead occurs the same week as the anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) brutal suppression of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, resulting in an estimated death toll of thousands of protesters as the full weight of China’s military descended upon its citizenry.

The Victims of Communism memorial statue is a duplicate of the “Goddess of Democracy” statue which was a 10-meter tall construct assembled during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in China. Work began on May 27 in the Central Academy of Fine Arts, before students there surreptitiously moved the statue in pieces, avoiding state security, and assembled it in Tiananmen Square on May 30.

BLM protesters have chanted, “The Revolution Will Not Uphold the Constitution.”

Niger Innes, head of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), says the Black Lives Matter movement was founded by hardcore Communists. “They want to overthrow capitalism,” he says. Innes’s father, who also headed CORE, was a famous civil-rights leader who marched with Martin Luther King.

If BLM has an affinity for Communism, that is deeply misguided, given the deep-seated racism of communism’s founder, Karl Marx. As the Journal of Political Ideologies notes, there were “racist components in the thought of Karl Marx and of [his disciple] Friedrich Engels. Their numerous horrendous comments on Slavs, ‘Negroes’, Bedouins, Jews, Chinese and many others are well known.”

Protesters have also vandalized statutes of Abraham Lincoln.

Hans Bader

Hans Bader

Hans Bader practices law in Washington, D.C. After studying economics and history at the University of Virginia and law at Harvard, he practiced civil-rights, international-trade, and constitutional law. He also once worked in the Education Department. Hans writes for and has appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.” Contact him at


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