Christopher Columbus Statue Taken Down at Chicago Park

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  2 weeks ago  •  9 comments

Christopher Columbus Statue Taken Down at Chicago Park
A statue of Christopher Columbus in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park was taken down early Friday, a week after protesters trying to topple the monument to the Italian explorer clashed with police.

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Christopher Columbus Statue Taken Down at Chicago Park

  • 7/24/2020
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(CHICAGO) — A statue of Christopher Columbus in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park was taken down early Friday, a week after protesters trying to topple the monument to the Italian explorer clashed with police.

Crews used a large crane to remove the statue from its pedestal as a small crowd gathered to watch. The crowd cheered and passing cars honked as the statue came down about 3 a.m. Several work trucks were seen in the area, but it was unclear where the statue would be taken.

The Associated Press sent an email Friday seeking comment from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office.




Plans to remove the statue were first reported Thursday night by the Chicago Tribune and the removal followed hours of vocal confrontations between opponents and supporters of the statue. And on July 17, protesters had clashed with police, who used batons to beat people and made arrests after they say protesters targeted them with fireworks, rocks and other items.

“This statue coming down is because of the effort of Black and Indigenous activists who know the true history of Columbus and what he represents,” Stefan Cuevas-Caizaguano, a resident watching the removal, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The removal also comes amid a plan by President Donald Trump to dispatch federal law enforcement agents to the city to respond to gun violence, prompting worries that the surge will inhibit residents’ ability to hold demonstrations. A collection of activist groups had filed suit Thursday, seeking to block federal agents to combat violent crime from interfering in or policing protests.

State officials in Oregon had sued for similar requests following the arrival of federal law enforcement due to nearly two months of protests in Portland since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Protesters across the county have called for the removal of statues of Columbus, saying that he is responsible for the genocide and exploitation of native peoples in the Americas. The Columbus statue in Chicago’s Grant Park and another in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood were vandalized last month, and statues of Columbus have also been toppled or vandalized in other U.S. cities.




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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

It doesnt bother me at all that the city took the statue down. Columbus is not a worthy hero for the 21st century.  Time marches on. 

 
 
 
MAGA
1.1  MAGA  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

Time to forget history and repeat the mistakes of the past....What a stupid and cowardly decision and action.  

 
 
 
Kavika
1.2  Kavika   replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

Excellent

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Kavika @1.2    2 weeks ago

The main street running through Grant Park is called Columbus Drive.  I wonder if that is next to go.

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MonsterMash
1.2.2  MonsterMash  replied to  JohnRussell @1.2.1    2 weeks ago
The main street running through Grant Park is called Columbus Drive.  I wonder if that is next to go.
Grant Park will be changed to Farrakhan-Lightfoot Park the main street running through it will be BLM Drive.
 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.2.3  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  MonsterMash @1.2.2    2 weeks ago

The majority of Chicagoans dont even know Farakhan exists here. 

 
 
 
Snuffy
1.3  Snuffy  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

I'm glad that it was removed the right way by decision of the local government rather than torn down by a mob. Mob actions, IMO, are never the correct approach.

As to not being worthy...   Even if Columbus had not been the one, Europeans were coming to the New World anyway and the end result would have been the same anyway.  Europeans were bringing disease that the local natives had no immunity to and Europeans had the technological advantage so I believe the end would have been the same regardless of who the statue was of.

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
2  Release The Kraken    2 weeks ago

Mayor Lightfoot is a real fighter for justice.

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Tacos!
3  Tacos!    2 weeks ago
saying that he is responsible for the genocide and exploitation of native peoples in the America

A really, really dumb claim, which is not supported by the historical record or even common sense. Nevertheless, ignorant people have chosen to be outraged over this fantasy because it boosts their own self-esteem.

They imagine themselves marching through the streets of Alabama with Dr. King, or something similar, and they pat themselves on the back for their "courage." "Look how brave I am! I defeated Hitler - err, Columbus! Be proud of me!"

For the white kids in the crowd, they probably figure that taking this daring stand absolves them of all their white guilt.

 
 
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