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Analysis: Across US, protesters take aim at statues of people considered to be racists

The boiling anger that exploded in the days after George Floyd gasped his final breaths is now fueling a national movement to topple perceived symbols of racism and oppression in the United States, as protests over police brutality against African-Americans expand to include demands for a more honest accounting of American history.

In Portland, Ore., demonstrators protesting against police killings turned their ire to Thomas Jefferson, toppling a statue of the former president and founding father who also enslaved more than 600 people.

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