By Duncan Smith
Armed Texas moved in Saturday to protect and defend the Alamo Cenotaph ahead of protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Earlier, protesters had defaced the monument with spray paint, drawing downward-facing arrows next to statements like “white supremacy,” “profit over People,” and “the ALAMO,” according to an article by the San Antonio Express-News.
Most Texans hold the Cenotaph in near-religious regard because it serves as a memorial to those who died fighting to defend the Alamo against Mexican troops in the 1830s.
'Well, it's all pretty simple. If you're mad that George Floyd got murdered, well good. So am I,' David Ahmad with Open Carry Texas said in a video posted on Facebook.
'If you want to respond to that by burning Target, or a drug store, or looting a liquor store, or destroying the Alamo, you can kiss both sides of my a**. We're going to put a stop to you,” he added, making it very clear he and others were prepared to use 'any means necessary' to put a stop to it.
'So, just do it right. Protest the man's death because it should be protested. Things need to change. This bulls**t’s got to stop,” he wrote.
He then warned protestors not to use Floyd's death to 'tear up the Alamo or tear up a restaurant,' or use it as an excuse to burn or loot.
A group called 'This Is Texas Freedom Force” warned in a Facebook post that 'the Brown Berets and Black Lives Matter' would be rallying at a park close to the Alamo, which is located in San Antonio.
The nonprofit organization notes that its mission as 'Protectors Of All Things Texas.'
“Given the incident that took place Thursday night (Cenotaph Vandalized) and the fact that PD did not protect that site, it is up to Texans to watch over our most valuable historical monument and ensure its safety,” the group’s post warned.
Breitbart News added:
A self-identified Second Amendment advocate who is a pastor and college instructor said he was there to support those armed and ready to protect the Cenotaph. He explained that the memorial had been defaced less than 48 hours ago.
“They are showing up here to do what they have been doing for a long time. For months. And that's protecting this place. For years for that matter,” the man explained.
When he was asked about the 'white supremacy' graffiti, the man answered, 'It's saddening because they obviously don't know the history of what has taken place.' He explained that 200 men fought for 13 days.
'That was not just for white people. Or Hispanics. It was for Americans. That was the point whereby we still call the 'rally cry.' That rally cry is 'Remember the Alamo.' That rally cry is something that has affected me as an African American, as a black man in American, because that rally cry led toward the freedom for all of us,” he noted.
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