On Tuesday, a woman was captured on video in Portland, Oregon, defacing the bust of the only Black man who traveled across North America with the Lewis & Clark expedition.
The unidentified woman seemed to be upset that the bust honoring a Black man named York, who was enslaved by William Clark, had taken the place of the statue of The Oregonian journalist Harvey Scott. In February, an unknown artist erected a marker for York in Mount Tabor, along with a makeshift plaque. The Harvey statue was toppled by one or more people in October after standing for 87 years.
“We’ve lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and always pondered why his statue was here,” resident Lara DiLiberti told KGW8 at the time. “He’s a sexist old white dude who doesn’t represent the values of Portland and so I am not sorry that the statue’s down.”
But the woman captured on video spray painting the statue honoring York seemed unimpressed by the work of the anonymous artist.
On Tuesday, a woman was captured on video in Portland, Oregon, defacing the bust of the only Black man who traveled across North America during the Lewis & Clark expedition. (Photo: Willamette Weekly/YouTube screenshot)
“It’s love and unity, not to replace a white man with a f—ing Black man. That’s not f—ing unity,” she said in a 54-second video shared on Twitter.
The woman, who appears to say her first name is Jeannette, yells, “Come f-ckin arrest me!” while actively vandalizing the statue after someone sarcastically says “way to be part of the solution.” The woman’s name has not been confirmed.
“F-ck all of you,” she said, standing before the statue said in the video. “I’ve been prejudice against Black people and Hispanic people and everyone has. I’m sure you’ve been prejudice against people as well. I don’t give a f-ck, do whatever the f-ck you want,” the woman said, while holding cans of spray paint.
The woman removed the makeshift plaque from the bust and wrote “LOVE NOT HATE” on the side of the statue.
Twitter user @santoku said they encountered the woman while on a bike ride on June 8, and that the vandal didn’t provide a coherent reason for why they were destroying the bust. The user said the woman claimed York was “just a slave doing their job like they should, so why get a statue?”
Had an interesting encounter during a bike ride this morning. A person was defacing the Bust of York statue on the top of Mt Tabor. pic.twitter.com/LbLYut9RGr— GodzEli (@santoku) June 8, 2021
Portland Parks & Recreation said they are working to remove the paint and determine the cost of the damage while Portland police are investigating the matter.
Images shared by @santoku on June 9, show that some of the paint has been washed away although the purple marks remained visible.
Between May 14, 1804, and Sept. 23, 1806, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark took part in an expedition after President Thomas Jefferson asked Lewis to explore the lands west of the Mississippi River that comprised the Louisiana Purchase. Lewis selected Clark as his co-leader.
While York, born sometime between 1770 and 1775, was compelled to embark on the travels by his owner, his role in the expedition was equal to that of the white men, according to Smithsonian Magazine. He carried a gun and regularly hunted buffalo, deer, and geese to feed the party during the 28-month journey.
According to Clark’s journal, when the men voted on where to spend the winter of 1805, York’s vote was counted as equal to that of the other men.
But York’s time on the expedition wasn’t without darker moments of racism. According to Clark’s journal, he encouraged the Nez Perce Native Americans they encountered to closely examine York, and goaded him to put on a performance, sometimes as a menacing monster, and other times as a benign dancing buffoon.
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Honey Milan Addresses Backlash Over Skillibeng Face Tattoo, Says It’s Real – Viralmula.com – Viralmula.com
Honey Milan is adamant that her new Skillibeng face tattoo is actual and isn’t for clout.
The upcoming dancehall artiste says that the tattoo of fellow artiste Skillibeng’s name is actual and that the 2 of them have been in a relationship for a bit. This week, followers on-line had been shocked by the brow tattoo as ladies getting tattoos are nonetheless taboo in Jamaica, and it’s additionally regarded down upon to tattoo one other particular person’s identify in your physique. Many considered the actions of Honey Milan as a advertising tactic and publicity stunt to boost curiosity in her profession, which she is looking for to launch.
Whereas there have been speculations that Skillibeng and Honey Milan weren’t recognized to one another, it seems that that’s not true, as she confirmed that the 2 are certainly romantically concerned.
“The relationship is very organic. We’re both artistes, him nuh love nutten more than music and me nuh love nutten more than music. So that alone is chemistry.”
She went on to say – “He and I were living together, he introduced me to his mother.”
Skillibeng at the moment doesn’t observe Honey Milan, which induced followers to chortle and mock her and seek advice from her as a “yamhead”. Nonetheless, in reference to the tattoo, she says “people online think I don’t show my gratitude, everybody close to me good, cause there’s not much to explain about it,” she mentioned. “Except that, yes, it is real.”
She, nonetheless, clarified that it’s no publicity stunt and was not carried out in that vein.
“Me just go do it. For the people that are saying it’s a publicity stunt, I would like to say to them, ‘good day to you’ and those who stare, I am just going to stare back,” she mentioned. “My fans who know me or love me, dem nah say nutten ’bout the tattoo, it’s the outsiders. The people weh upset ah nuh fans, my fans know me do weh me waan do and that I don’t care. They already know what time it is.”
Nonetheless, Honey Milan did say she deliberate to handle the questions in a brand new observe, “Change Standing’ which is able to drop within the coming weeks.
In a separate rant posted on IG reside, Honey Milan went off on these critics who ridiculed her for her tattoos as looking for clout to spice up her profession.
“Been have clout b***h, been have bumb*****t b***h, if unu want to talk about clout what happened to the pregnant somebody, and the people weh a buy views…ok unu nuh nothing fi say bout that? Good night,” she mentioned.
In the meantime, the Jamaica Star reported that neither the artiste nor her administration confirmed or denied whether or not the tattoo is everlasting.
Then again, Skillibeng has not addressed the saga.
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