The Thompson Elk, which has stood in downtown Portland since 1900, was set on fire by protesters last night:
Elk fire keeping me warm. N.W.A. playing in the background. pic.twitter.com/SwkvPFtgGN
— Tuck Woodstock (@tuckwoodstock) July 2, 2020
We’re confused. Are elks some symbol or fascism or racism that we don’t know about?
Peaceful Antifa/BLM/full-time protestors/bored and angry kids set Elk statue on fire in Portland. Elk’s are a famous symbol of racism, and only a fascist would regret seeing this statue burn. No justice, no Elk. pic.twitter.com/U0mx8qMVay
— Mike (@Doranimated) July 2, 2020
Maybe the elk owned slaves and fought for the Confederacy?
The elk statue in Portland is burning. The elk owned slaves. This is how we end racism. Thank you Antifa. pic.twitter.com/fL38OKO5HL
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 2, 2020
Wtf did Elk ever do to anyone. #ElkLivesMatter
— Carissa Hansen (@CarissaHansen92) July 2, 2020
Good job, everyone:
Hope you feel good about your vandalizism. The elk was donated by former BBC Portland mayor David P. Thompson in 1900 to commemorate the elk that once lived in the area. Thompson was also president of the Oregon Humane Society. @StagulaRasa @wweek https://t.co/JUlL3TdFPg
— Portland Joe (@portland_joe) July 2, 2020
So, they’re honoring the elk?
Sacrifices for the elk. May he watch over us tonight
— #DEFENDPDX™ 🖤 (@defendpdx) July 2, 2020
We’ll note that protesters often attack this monument to the majestic animal. From 2016:
— Jackie Labrecque (@JackieLabrecque) November 10, 2016
And DHS is sending personnel in this weekend to help keep the peace:
DHS will deploy law enforcement officers specially trained in areas such as crowd control and riot control to Portland, Seattle and Washington D.C. to protect federal statues on 4 July. https://t.co/cMXkmeBEoE
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 2, 2020