Everything’s Racist: Watch Protesters Set Elk Statue In Portland On Fire

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Protesters in Portland, Oregon, torched a statue of an actual elk, the Thompson Elk, amid calls for police reform.

Twitchy reports the Thompson Elk has stood in downtown Portland since 1900 and was constructed in memory of David P. Thompson’s arrival to Oregon in 1853.

The statue is of an elk, commissioned to represent nature. There are no racial connotations.

Oregon Live reported in 2011 that Thompson “had worked his way across the Oregon Trail by driving sheep, only to be hornswoggled out of payment by an Oregon City sharper.”


To forgo starvation, he spent the winter chopping 200 cords of wood for a steamboat captain.

Having worked as a surveyor in Ohio, he was hired to survey the railroad route around Willamette Falls, then spent 20 years in that profession. Along the way came opportunities in mining, railroads, banking and manufacturing, and a substantial fortune.

Active in politics, he served at various times in the Oregon Legislature as both a Democrat and Republican, as governor of Idaho Territory (1875-76), Portland mayor (1881-1885) and U.S. minister to the Ottoman Empire (1892-93).

The protesters (anarchists) set it ablaze solely to be destructive.

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Watch the destruction below, via Twitchy:

As Twitchy reports, protesters previously targetted the statue after Donald Trump was elected to the presidency.



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