Published August 26, 2017
BUFFALO – Buffalo Police Department posted a photo of Christopher Columbus’ statute doused with red paint on Friday on its Facebook page. Along with the photograph with Columbus with red paint on his legs and paint on the stone foundation, the department posted the following message:
“Sometime overnight, this statue was vandalized in Columbus Park on the City’s west side. Anyone with information on who may be responsible is asked to call or text the confidential tip line at 716 847-2255.”
It was the second time in the past week that objects honoring Columbus in public places have been under attack. Earlier this week, in Baltimore, a monument was defaced with a sledge hammer. The defacing was recorded and posted online.
Earlier on Thursday, a petition with more than 700 signatures was turned in to Buffalo’s mayor to have the statue removed from the park and have Columbus Park, where the statue is located, renamed. The petition cites the movement across America to have Confederate statues removed.
“Columbus did not “discover” anything – the Americas were inhabited by a great diversity of people and cultures,” the petition reads. “Instead, Columbus established the beachhead for ruthless conquest and settler colonialism and inaugurated the genocidal devastation of whole continents.”
The American Indian Movement has long sought to eliminate the observance of Columbus Day. Here is language from a press released distributed by the American Indian Movement in October 2000:
“COLUMBUS WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE AMERICAN HOLOCAUST, ETHNIC CLEANSING CHARACTERIZED BY MURDER, TORTURE, RAPING, PILLAGING, ROBBERY, SLAVERY, KIDNAPPING, AND FORCED REMOVALS OF INDIAN PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMELANDS.”
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