Oregon Woman Defaces Bust Of Black Explorer [VIDEO]

Portland’s NBC News affiliate reports:

The bust of the only Black member of the Lewis and Clark expedition that sits on Mount Tabor was vandalized Tuesday. Videos shared with KGW shows a woman with cans of purple spray paint defacing the base of the statue of York.

York was an enslaved member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Corps of Discovery, had been William Clark’s servant and his father before him was a slave to Clark’s father. York was also the first African American to cross North America and reach the Pacific Coast, with historical journals showing he was invaluable to the expedition.

In the video, the woman with the spray paint cans says to others off camera she has “been prejudice against Black and Hispanic people” and replacing a statue of a white man with a Black man was “not unity.” She also said she would pay for damages.

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