A climate activist with a far-left advocacy group smeared red paint on an exhibit honoring an African American regiment that fought during the Civil War, during a protest at the National Gallery of Art on Tuesday.
The member of Declare Emergency, a group that calls for an immediate end to fossil fuel production and reliance, vandalized a wall in the West Building gallery of the Washington, D.C., museum that houses the Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial, officials told Fox News Digital. Using red paint, the activist wrote, "Honor Them," and explained President Biden could honor Black Civil War soldiers by declaring a climate emergency.
"We should honor them by carrying on their work," the activist said in a statement. "So, I say, 'Joe Biden must declare a climate emergency' in their honor because the great majority of the people who are being harmed by the climate emergency now and who will be harmed in the future are people who look like the soldiers of the Massachusetts 54th."
"The 54th fought in the Civil War. In the war being waged on humanity now the effects are coming down first and hardest on the most vulnerable people," he added. "In this undeclared war, the weapon is greenhouse gasses. Children dying of dehydration and starvation in parts of Africa today are being killed by carbon put into the earth’s atmosphere by oil and gas executives in order to make money."
VIDEO THREAD: Climate activist / @DecEmergency supporter Geor Green was arrested today after painting the words "Honor Them" on the wall next to the sculpture of the 54th MA Volunteer Infantry Regiment (the first Black regiment in the Civil War) at the National Gallery of Art in… pic.twitter.com/12VstpDPE4— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) November 14, 2023