Protesters who gathered Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., said they plan to reconvene on Thursday to rip down the Emancipation Statue.
“Thursday at 7 p.m., we tearing this [expletive] down!” an organizer said to cheers in footage captured by Richie McGinniss, a Daily Caller video director.
“It tells me that this white man is superior and that hes granting permission,” one protester told WUSA-9 when asked what he thinks when he looks at the statue.
At the same protest, several people tried convincing the group not to target the statue. “The Germans erased their history,” one told those assembled, who shouted her down.
The statue, also known as the Emancipation Memorial or the the Freedmens Monument, was put into place in 1876 to celebrate President Abraham Lincoln ending slavery.
It shows a standing Lincoln motioning to a figure portraying a freed slave who is kneeling beside him.
Frederick Douglass, a black scholar who spoke at the unveiling ceremony, alternated between praise and criticism of Lincoln.
“We have gone a good work for our race today. In doing honor to the memory of our friend and liberator, we have been doing highest honors to ourselves and those who come after us; we have been fastening ourselves to a name and fame imperishable and immortal; we have also been defending ourselves from a blighting scandal,” Douglass told those assembled.
“When not it shall be said that the colored man is soulless, that he has no appreciation of benefits or benefactors; when the foul reproach of ingratitude is hurled at us, and it is attempted to scourge us beyond the range of human brotherhood, we may calmly point to the monument we have this day erected to the memory of Abraham Lincoln.”
Fundraising for the statue was kicked off by Charlotte Scott, a black Virginia woman who used her first $5 earned in freedom, according to the National Park Service. The money for the statue came solely from freed slaves.
In a social media post advertising the Tuesday event, the group behind the protest, Freedom Neighborhood, wrote: “To achieve true justice, we are not working with the police, nor will we seek any relationship with them. In order to create change, we will do so by any means necessary. If you want a revolution, it wont happen by being peaceful.”
The statue “embodies the racial undertones of black people being inferior to white people,” the group claimed.
The push to remove the statue came just hours after President Donald Trump announced an executive order authorizing the federal government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys statues or monuments.
The protests Tuesday devolved into violence. The group attacked a number of people, including several journalists, and burned a large American flag in the newly named Black Lives Matter Plaza. Protesters also blocked traffic for a period of time on city streets.