Texas Group Wants Statue of Sam Houston Removed from Houston City Park


A radical leftwing group says its effort to remove a statue of Sam Houston from a Houston city park is the will of the people. The statue has been at Hermann Park since 1925. As Jake Reiner reports, the organization may be overstating how much support it really has.

It's been a site to see for nearly a century and for some it's a site they want to see themselves next to for years to come.

"Honestly I think they should keep it up, yeah," Nicole Nelson, Resident.

But at least one group, Texas Antifa, wants the Sam Houston statue gone. Last week, the group posted on its Facebook page saying, "Texans agree the disgusting idols of America's dark days of slavery must be removed to bring internal peace to our country"

The group also suggested Mayor Sylvester Turner would back the removal of the statue because of his ethnicity and political affiliation.

"There's a group that's trying to remove the Sam Houston statue from Hermann Park, just wanted to see if you had a response to that. The group is insinuating that you may be in favor of that?"

"It's not even on my agenda. I haven't even given it any thought," Sylvester Turner, Houston Mayor.

"he wasn't a hardcore advocate for slavery," Nicole Nelson, Resident.

Yes, Sam Houston did own slaves but as a senator in the 1800s, he repeatedly voted against the spread of slavery to new territories of the United States. He was also ousted as Governor of Texas for refusing to align himself with theConfederacyy.

"It might alleviate some, some anger but it'll also create some anger on the opposite side that you're taking down a statue of a man who helped create the state and what it is today," Paul Stykitus, Resident.

Texas Antifa told us it wouldn't speak to us about the statue until the rally here on June 10th. When we pressed further a representative responded by saying, "We don't speak with the fascist media."

Texas Antifa also alluded to a partnership with Black Lives Matter. Representatives from that group say the two are not affiliated.
 


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