Christopher Columbus Statue Vandalized In Baltimore: "He's Central To The Narrative Of White Nationalism"

Baltimore's 225-year-old monument to Christopher Columbus, said to be the oldest in the country and the world dedicated to the explorer that is still standing, has been severely vandalized.

This morning the words on the statue – Sacred to the Memory of Chris. Columbus Oct. XII MDCC VIIIC – were unreadable, a hole smashed in the stone.

“Racism: Tear it down,” one sign leaning on the monument base says.

 

“The future is racial and economic justice,” said another sign that was lying in the grass.

As BaltimoreBrew reports, a video posted today shows someone smashing the inscription at the base of the 44-foot-tall obelisk located at the intersection of Harford Road and Walther Avenue, across from Herring Run Park.

In the video, one person smashes the monument with a sledge hammer as another holds a sign. An unidentified narrator explains why the action was being taken:

Christopher Columbus symbolizes the initial invasion of European capitalism into the Western Hemisphere. Columbus initiated a centuries-old wave of terrorism, murder, genocide, rape, slavery, ecological degradation and capitalist exploitation of labor in the Americas. That Columbian wave of destruction continues on the backs of Indigenous, African-American and brown people.

 

Racist monuments to slave owners and murderers have always bothered me. Baltimore’s poverty is concentrated in African-American households, and these statues are just an extra slap in the face. They were built in the 20th century in response to a movement for African Americans’ human dignity. What kind of a culture goes to such lengths to build such hate-filled monuments? What kind of a culture clings to those monuments in 2017?”

This vandalism follows protests at a Christopher Columbus statue in Detroit over the weekend.

Dozens of demonstrators converged under a raised bust of Christopher Columbus in downtown Detroit on Saturday and demanded the monument come down as they protested against white supremacy and a list of perceived affronts to black Detroiters.

 


 

The Detroit demonstration, held on a large traffic island with the Columbus monument at Randolph and Jefferson, went off without incident. It had been publicized on Facebook and dubbed, "Reclaiming our history: A Detroit without white supremacy.”

 

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"A lot of these symbols of genocide and colonialism in America are no longer being tolerated," said Adrian Polk, a member of the chapter, which is largely comprised of  people ages 18 to 35. "These symbols need to come down."

 

"Christopher Columbus has a real disturbing legacy in the United States," said demonstrator Antonio Cosme.

 

"He's a central central narrative to white nationalism. He's one of the key figures in this whole Western identity. This whole idea that the civilization of the world started in England, that it started in France, that it started in Germany."

And finally, Boston Antifa sends their love to whoever did this...

Where does it end?

Comments

skbull44 BennyBoy Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:36 Permalink

Columubus was a product of his times, as are we all. To judge him and/or his voyages from the temporal distance of hundreds of years is somewhat disingenuous. I might agree that the colonialism of North America (and many, many other places for that matter) that occurred was a disaster for the subjugated societies but to ignore the context and simply destroy historical monuments is also wrong. The wrongs of the past cannot be undone, no matter how much we might wish them to be. Violence against history is no way to move forward, symbolism aside. Now, if we wish to move against the world's central banks, however...

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skbull44 BennyBoy Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:14 Permalink

I am not arguing that the way he conducted himself or his exploratory voyages was morally correct or ok, I'm simply pointing out that historical/sociocultural contexts change and it's difficult for us to make blanket judgements across wide chasms of time. Columbus's behaviour and that of his contemporaries was far more acceptable in the late 15th century than the world today...even though we see the same actions today. Those berating historic figures and vandalizing monuments would be better served trying to put an end to today's imperialistic endeavours of the current US regime. The past can't be altered but the present/future can be.

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chubbar BennyBoy Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:55 Permalink

I'm sure that the wars that were fought so you could run your mouth off without having someone with a badge shove his nightstick up your ass for talking out of turn, probably had some bad actors in them as well. The difference is that you actually, for a short time perhaps, managed to be born into a country that inshrined your right to mouth off about shit you don't have a fucking clue about because those wars were won. The little cunts running around now, intent on pulling down the constitution and bill of rights, don't have a working alternative that includes them having more freedoms and they are too fucking stupid to give a shit.

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True Blue BennyBoy Mon, 08/21/2017 - 20:04 Permalink

They would first have to invent things like the wheel, sailing ships capable of crossing the ocean, the compass etc. etc. None of which happened in the western hemisphere for the same reason Africa never had a quarry, road or sawmill -the Bell Curve. Sorry, but that is how it is.Oh, and as for diseases -they repaid influenza by sending syphillis back in exchange. Of the two -I'd rather have the flu.

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Beam Me Up Scotty Haus-Targaryen Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:22 Permalink

What a joke.  Those people, who collect their government freebies and ObamaPhones think they are the slaves??  Fuck all of them.  The slaves in this country are the people who get up every day, put on their pants and go to work.  And then Uncle Sam, the plantation owner, takes 60-70% of their labor from them, to hand it over to these fucking pigs.  Lazy ass people of all colors are the direct benificiaries of other people labor.

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Croesus Herd Redirecti… Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:20 Permalink

I want to give you all a homework assignment:

Antifa does most of their 'marketing' online; local chapters have Fartbook pages, Twitter feeds, etc.

You can see who "likes this" on Fartbook.

Start compiling a list of names, and get an idea of locations. If you can get to their individual pages, try to compile as much relevant data as possible, preferrably in a spreadsheet format. The more info, the better.

Start Doxxing these creeps.

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