Published August 24, 2017
BALTIMORE – Apparently, Christopher Columbus is not safe. As the debate what to do with Confederate statues intensifies in the United States, a 225-year-old monument honoring Christopher Columbus was vandalized early Monday in Baltimore, Maryland.
Last week, three statues honoring the Confederacy were taken down in Baltimore, but left behind the Columbus monument.
A video of the monument being damaged was posted online. The video came with a message narrated by man who identifies himself as “Ty.” The video shows someone taping a sign that reads “The future is racial and economic justice.” In the video, someone takes a sledgehammer to the monument while another person holds a sign reading “Racism. Tear it down.”
“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,” says Ty.
The damaged Christopher Columbus monument is reportedly the oldest in the United States.
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