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Chicago Pastor: Remove Washington Statue, Rename Park Over Slavery

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By    |   Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:52 PM

A Chicago-based pastor is calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to rename public parks named after two presidents due to their ties to slavery.

"It's time. Please read my letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and The Chicago Park District," Bishop James E. Dukes of the Liberation Christian Center wrote on Facebook Tuesday night.

"I am feeling ambivalent that I would have to walk my child, attend a parade or enjoy a game of softball in a park that commemorates the memory of a slave owner," he wrote. "Therefore, I call on the immediate removal of President George Washington and President Andrew Jackson names from the parks located on the southeast side of Chicago. They should not have the distinct honor of being held as heroes when they actively participated in the slave trade."

"When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans," he said. "Some people out here ask me, say 'Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.' That's almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat."

He added, "Slave owners do not deserve the honor of our children playing in parks named after them. There is no way a Native American Community would allow a General Custer Park or a Jewish Community allow a Gestapo Park in their community."

Dukes wrote that although monuments and parks honoring these presidents could be acceptable in other neighborhoods, "In an African-American community, it's a slap in the face and it's a disgrace for them to honor someone who was a slave owner."

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