The Black Lives Matter memorial garden at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle has reportedly been removed by City Officials after it became overrun with crime, drugs, and homelessness. The garden, created in July 2020 and dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement by the city’s left-wing leadership, has been stripped out and the area reseeded for grass by Seattle’s Parks and Recreation Department.
According to reporting from The Washington Examiner, the memorial garden was located at a park within the confines of what was known alternatively as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, at the height of the 2020 George Floyd/BLM riots.
The area, which was purportedly outside of U.S. authority according to the rioters who created it, existed for a 24-day period during which it rapidly devolved into a proto-anarchic enclave beset by roving bands of heavily armed, self-proclaimed enforcers. During the two-dozen days “in the absence of a legitimate police force, armed criminal gangs and untrained anarchist paramilitaries filled the void,” according to City Journal.
During that period the nation was appalled by the violence that broke out with two confirmed homicides and at least four known additional shooting victims according to the post-mortem conducted by the outlet.
Despite the horrific failure of the so-called CHOP and the severe damages and lives lost in the BLM riots the city chose to memorialize the event with a garden tended to by volunteers from the group Black Star Farmers.
A statement from the Parks and Recreation Department explained,
“In recent months, the temporary garden has created unsafe conditions for all park users, including the vandalism of Cal Anderson public bathrooms, public drug use, unauthorized camping, and a significant rodent problem, along with other issues.
In partnership with the Black Farmers Collective and leaders in Seattle’s Black community, Mayor Harrell and the City will conceptualize a new commemorative garden at Cal Anderson Park.”
Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Journalist Jonathan Choe reported via X, “For the past few months, the nut jobs tried to recreate CHAZ/CHOP 2.0 by bringing in tents, food tables, and protest signs condemning capitalism. But in the end, even the homeless realized they were being used as pawns for an insane Commie agenda.“
NEVER FORGET: Before city crews cleared the BLM Garden and the encampment at Cal Anderson Park, I went in a few days ago to see what was going on.
Look at what the homeless and FAR-LEFT activists did to this place. The garden was no longer a symbol social justice, it turned into… https://t.co/FMQ5xSqwUK pic.twitter.com/mIg2OYX2Xy
— Jonathan Choe Journalist (Seattle) (@choeshow) December 28, 2023
It’s ironic that a garden was chosen to memorialize the BLM riots and the CHAZ, given that it was widely reported in June 2020 that food rapidly ran out in the Zone during its chaotic three-week existence, leading to efforts to grow supplementary crops.
THE NATION OF CHAZ HAS STARTED A FARM
— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) June 13, 2020
These efforts of course failed spectacularly drawing wide derision from conservatives and farmers.
The farm co-op in CHAZ seems to be going about as well as expected. pic.twitter.com/bLmLNm9ouq
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 12, 2020