The alt-left recently tagged the infamous golden statue of Joan of Arc with “tear it down!”
These idiots don’t even know who she is!
— Priscilla M Gray (@PriscillaMGray) August 19, 2017
The graffiti was cleaned off but the damage is permanent.
The golden equestrian statue of St. Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, stands on Decatur Street in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. A gift from France in 1972 to honor the city’s French heritage, the statue is the focus of an annual community parade organized by a group devoted to the 15th-century saint and military heroine.
Joan, of course, has no connection to the Confederacy or to American history. But that didn’t stop someone from spray-painting “Tear it down!” on the statue earlier this year, according to Nola.com. The graffiti has since been removed, though stains remain, but the incident raises questions.
Did someone mistake a woman in medieval armor for a Southern general? If so, it wasn’t anyone associated with New Orleans’ active Tear ‘Em Down (TED) movement, which advocates for removing monuments to the Confederacy from public places.
“Joan of Arc is not on our radar,” assured Malcolm Suber, a leader of the New Orleans TED group.