By SUE SUCHYTA
DEARBORN – The Orville Hubbard statue at the Dearborn Historical Museum complex was cloaked in irony June 3, when a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt was surreptitiously slipped over the bronze likeliness of the former mayor, a known racist.
The political pundit who pulled off the prank, under cover of darkness, is a white Dearborn man in his mid-20s who did not want his name revealed.
He said the T-shirt adorning the statue speaks for itself. He said he is a political activist who attends rallies and donates his time and money to causes he supports. He said he has even distanced himself from relatives whom he said are “too stubborn to believe the playing field isn’t level.
“I wished I lived in a world where I didn’t have to protest with brothers and sister from around the globe for basic human rights, but it’s the world we live in, and any little action I can do to help, I will.”
He vowed to continue to amplify the voices of people who are not being heard.
“I understand that I have white privilege,” he said, “and I will use it when I can to protest and speak out.”
He hinted that his covert cloaking may not have come to an end.
“Henry Ford is definitely next,” he said. “His is a much bigger statue.”