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Video captured a white woman vandalizing a statue of the only Black member of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition, NBC-affiliate KGW reported on Wednesday.

Video obtained by the Portland, Ore. NBC-affiliate shows an unidentified white woman using purple spray paint to deface the Statue of York, which honors an enslaved member of the Lewis and Clark expedition.


In an obscenity-laced rant, the woman says that she is a victim of “prejudice against Black and Hispanic people," and says that replacing the statue of a White man with a Black man is “not unity."  She also shared her personal information to bystanders who recording the incident. 

Had an interesting encounter during a bike ride this morning. A person was defacing the Bust of York statue on the top of Mt Tabor.

— GodzEli (@santoku) June 8, 2021

The Statue of York, who was the first Black to cross North America and reach the Pacific Coast, replaced a statue of Harvey Scott, who was the longtime editor and owner of the Oregonian newspaper, according to NBC-affiliate KGW. 

Scott’s statue was toppled in October because of his past conservative views on women's suffrage, which he opposed. 

This is the second time within three months that the statue of York has been vandalized, according to the Williamette Week report.

Statue of Harvey Scott torn down in Mt. Tabor Park.

Scott died in 1910, was a longtime editor of the Oregonian and also brother of women’s rights advocate Abigail Scott Duniway.

Scott opposed woman's suffrage

— Devon Haskins (@devonhaskins) October 20, 2020

Portland Parks & Recreation said in the KGW report that it's already working on removing the paint and determining the cost of damages. The Portland Police Department is investigating the incident.

The Hill has reached out to Portland Police for more information 

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