The California legislature approved a measure this week to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from the state Capitol; calling the explorer a “deeply polarizing historical figure.”
“State Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Assembly Rules Committee chair Ken Cooley announced the statue’s removal in a statement Tuesday, joining a number of states and localities around the country removing monuments of historical figures, including those associated with the Confederacy, in the wake of the death of George Floyd,” reports Fox News.
The Columbus statue has no place in a modern California State Capitol. It's time for it to be removed. pic.twitter.com/Pw7n94eW78
— Anthony Rendon (@Rendon63rd) June 17, 2020
“Christopher Columbus is deeply polarizing given the deadly impact his arrival in this hemisphere had on indigenous populations,” the statement read. “The continued presence of the statue in California’s Capitol, where it has been since 1883, is completely out of place today. It will be removed.”
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COLUMBUS CANCELED: Mass. City Replaces ‘Columbus Day’ with ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Celebration
The city of Somerville, Massachusetts announced their plans to ditch the annual Columbus Day festivities this year; instituting a new celebration in honor of the region’s ‘Indigenous Peoples.’
Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone unveiled the new holiday Thursday, joining other New England town’s such as Portland, Maine and Durham, New Hampshire who have opted to scrap the traditional American holiday in recent years.
In a Facebook post Thursday, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone announced that on Oct. 8, the city would observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day, recognizing Native American heritage rather than extolling Christopher Columbus and his voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. https://t.co/DgXfjtRmBT
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) September 14, 2018
“Columbus Day is a relic of an outdated and oversimplified version of history,” Curtatone posted on social media. “We all know there’s more to the story than a nursery rhyme.”
“This issue is a lot like the Confederate flag for southerners,” Curtatone added. “We are proud of our heritage. Yet the specifics of this holiday run so deep into human suffering that we need to shift our pride elsewhere.”
IT BEGINS: Left-Wing Activists Attack ANOTHER Columbus Memorial in NYC
Vandals attacked yet another Christopher Columbus Statue in New York City this week, spray painting “Don’t Honor Genocide” over the memorial as the nation struggles to respond to a natural disaster unfolding on the Gulf coast.
The criminals attacked the memorial in the Queens section of New York City, defacing the famed explorer’s statue with graffiti that read “Don’t Honor Genocide” and “Take It Down.”
“I’m upset, because I live here all my life, and I don’t like seeing the neighborhood being destroyed – our history. What’s next, George Washington and federal hall?” a woman told a local news station.
This is the fifth such incident in recent weeks that vandals and unidentified assailants have attacked Columbus memorials throughout the country; including Baltimore, Houston, New York, and Buffalo.
The attack comes as the debate over historical landmarks and symbols rages throughout the country, with many left-wing activists calling for the removal of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington statues because of their slave-owning histories.
Hyper-liberal NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio recently stated that the city’s iconic statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle is currently “under review” to determine if the monument commemorates a “symbol of hate.”