The statue of San Junipero Serra in Mission Hills, California, was vandalized this week after a string of high profile memorial removals and defacings across the country. Most of these monuments had or were believed to have had some significance to the Confederacy.
San Junipero Serra has no discernible relation to the American South. He is a Catholic saint revered by Spanish-speaking Californians for establishing over 20 mission churches across the area that is now the Golden State. He was active prior to the American Revolution.
CBS Los Angeles reports that some believe the saint’s evangelization destroyed part of the Californian Native Americans' culture. The statue was spray-painted with the word “murder.”
The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti reported the story on today’s “Pure Opelka,” sparking a conversation with Mike Opelka about where this defacement ends and why it’s happening. She theorized that people who have always wanted these monuments down feel like this is their moment, but “the problem is, it’s all hindsight.”
She also wondered why the 96 monuments to former KKK leader and Democrat Senator Robert Byrd in West Virginia have yet to be addressed by those decrying the Confederacy.
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