Richmond protesters topple Columbus statue, throw it in lake - ABC News


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Richmond protesters topple Columbus statue, throw it in lake - ABC News
A statue of Christopher Columbus in Richmond has been torn down by protesters, set on fire and then submerged into a lake

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A statue of Christopher Columbus in Richmond has been torn down by protesters, set on fire and then submerged into a lake

By The Associated Press June 10, 2020, 9:29 AM 2 min read 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article

RICHMOND, Va. -- A statue of Christopher Columbus in Richmond was torn down by protesters, set on fire and then thrown into a lake.


The figure was toppled less than two hours after protesters gathered in the city's Byrd Park were chanting for the statue to be taken down, news outlets reported.

After the figure was removed from its pedestal around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday by protesters using several ropes, a sign that reads, "Columbus represents genocide" was placed on the spray-painted foundation that once held the statue. It was then set on fire and rolled into a lake in the park, NBC 12 reported.

There was no police presence in the park, but a police helicopter was seen circling the area after the city-owned figure was torn down, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

The city's parks department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the fallen statue from the Associated Press.

Earlier during the day, Activist Chelsea Higgs-Wise and other protesters spoke to a crowd gathered at Byrd Park about the struggles of indigenous people and African-Americans in America. "We have to start where it all began," Higgs-Wise said during her speech. "We have to start with the people who stood first on this land."

The Columbus statue was dedicated in Richmond in December 1927, and had been the first statue of Christopher Columbus erected in the South, the newspaper reported. Its toppling comes amid national protests over the death of George Floyd and several days after a statue of Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham was pulled from its pedestal in Monroe Park by demonstrators who also used ropes to tear it down.

Native American advocates have also long pressed states to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day over concerns that Columbus spurred centuries of genocide against indigenous populations in the Americas.

Vanessa Bolin, a member of the Richmond Indigenous Society, told the crowd she did not come "to hijack" the protests against police brutality, but to "stand in solidarity" with the people. Another speaker, Joseph Rogers, declared the area "Powhatan land," and talked about how white supremacy and institutionalized racism has impacted both groups.

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1  seeder  JohnRussell    one month ago

power to the people

1.1  Kavika   replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago

Works for me.

1.1.1  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Kavika @1.1    one month ago

Good thing I have a viable alibi....

2  seeder  JohnRussell    one month ago
Thus when the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria made landfall in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, Columbus naturally assumed he had hit Asia. Sure, he saw no sign of the silk and pepper he was looking for, but he did find some people to call “Indians,” with a small (but still worth it) amount of gold to steal. In 1493 his patrons, Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, sent Columbus back across the ocean. He was given a sweet new title, Admiral of the Ocean Sea, and instructed to rob the place—wherever it was—blind. The admiral was then to serve as governor of whatever was left. This is where an understandable mistake turns into bullheaded stupidity. On the four return expeditions from 1493 to 1502, it gradually dawned on everyone but Columbus that the land they were exploring wasn’t the East Indies. This suspicion was supported by a whole bunch of evidence, including the testimony of natives who insisted, again and again, that they’d never heard of China, Japan, India, silk, pepper, elephants, or any of that nonsense.

 Amerigo Vespucci, dispatched in 1499 by the king of Portugal as quality control, wrote in his first report that “these regions…may rightly be called a new world,” and was later honored by having his name stamped on the place. But Columbus scoffed at his colleague. He dismissed the locals as “bestial men who believe the whole world is an island,” and forced his crew, under threat of corporal punishment, to sign an affidavit declaring they’d discovered Asia. Obstinate till the very end, Columbus died in 1506, still believing he was right.  

 Geography wasn’t the only subject Columbus failed at: he was also a terrible governor. In fact, he was so bad that Ferdinand and Isabella called him back to Spain in chains in 1503 to answer charges of corruption and brutality. In 1546, the Dominican monk Bartolomé de las Casas wrote:  On the island of Hispaniola, of the above three million souls that we once saw, today there be no more than two hundred of those native peoples remaining…The Spaniards have shown not the slightest consideration for these people, treating them (and I speak from first-hand experience, having been there from the outset) not as brute animals—indeed, I prayed to God that they might treat them as well as animals—so much as piles of dung in the middle of the road.  The monarchs found Columbus not guilty (raping and pillaging had kind of been the whole point), but ordered him into retirement.

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3  Ronin2    one month ago

Power to the people only when it suits causes you back.  Otherwise it is STFU right?

Wonder how "the people" will react when someone they don't agree with takes the law into their own hands?

Sparty On
3.1  Sparty On  replied to  Ronin2 @3    one month ago

So true.  

Lawless behavior is okay as long as you can justify it somehow with one of your preferred narratives.

Classic liberal logic.


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