It seems no historical figure is safe from leftist vandals and their ignorance of history. Now a statue of French icon Joan of Arc has been defaced in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The statue has become an apparent victim of the backlash aimed at Confederate monuments.
The phrase “Tear it Down” was hastily sprayed in black paint across the base of the golden Joan of Arc statue on Decatur Street in the French Quarter sometime earlier this week. It has since been removed, with only the vaguest traces of the paint remaining.
The “Tear it Down” tag would seem to relate to the debate surrounding the city’s ongoing removal of four Confederate monuments. But the statue of Joan of Arc, a 15th-century military leader, martyr and Catholic saint, hasn’t been mentioned in the controversy to this point.
Amy Kirk Duvoisin, the founder of the annual Joan of Arc parade that ceremonially pauses at the statue on the first day of Carnival season, says she’s confused by the vandalism.
“Surely, people realize she’s not related to American history,” she said referring to the French icon.
If there’s a bright side to the incident, Duvoisin said, it’s that it’s “an opportunity to teach about” the teenage warrior who was burned at the stake in 1431.
Surely, if Antifa and others want to rally against the Confederacy, they might want to crack open a book and learn something about it.
An Abraham Lincoln statue was vandalized in Chicago. While it may have been the work of factions rallying to defend the Confederacy, it cannot be ruled out that this too was ignorant leftists.
At present, it seems any statue may be at risk as uneducated mobs lash out against anything they perceive to be linked to the Confederacy.