Two statues were defaced in Minneapolis early Thanksgiving morning, including one of George Washington that was also toppled.
The George Washington statue at Fair Oaks Park, opposite the Minneapolis Institute of Art, was graffitied and then brought to the ground.
Meanwhile, the "Pioneer Statue" monument at B.F. Nelson Park in Northeast Minneapolis was also graffitied with messages including "no more genocide," "decolonize," and "land back."
Per the nonprofit left-wing media collective Unicorn Riot, an autonomous group operating under the Pan-Indigenous People’s Liberation (PIPL) network took credit for the vandalism, referring to Washington as "genocidal" and a "town destroyer," and says their work is a demonstration of its "opposition to the vile white-supremacist ‘celebration’ of Thanksgiving."
It comes after the civil unrest and calls for racial justice that erupted in the summer saw a reckoning with some of America's historic figures.
In St. Paul, a statue of Christopher Columbus was pulled down outside the State Capitol by members of the American Indian Movement, which called attention to Columbus' enslavement of and brutality towards Native Americans.
It was mirrored by similar actions taken against statues and monuments not just across the U.S., but in other western countries too.