On Saturday night, protesters in Baltimore brought down the statue of Christopher Columbus and dumped it into the harbor.
A crowd of more than 250 people chanted, “Hey, hey, ho ho, this racist guy has got to go,” as a dozen other protesters used chains and ropes to pull down the monument in Little Italy, Baltimore.
Reporter Louis Krauss shared the video online where protesters are seen cheering and clapping after toppling the statue of the Italian explorer. The statue fell and broke into pieces from its pedestal. Protesters took all the broken pieces and dumped them in the city’s Inner Harbor.
According to sources, the statue was owned by the city and erected 36 years ago by William Donald Schaefer the former mayor of Little Italy and President Ronald Reagan. Also Read– 7 Protesters Arrested for Vandalizing Columbus Statue
Lester Davis, a spokesman for the mayor, told reporters that the statue’s toppling is a part of a global reevaluation of monuments and statues “that may represent different things to different people.”
“We understand the dynamics that are playing out in Baltimore are part of a national narrative,” Davis said. Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” and the Police Department have not commented on the incident.
Across the nation, monuments of Confederate leaders and other figures have been removed by protesters and authorities amid racial justice protests sparked by the death of African American George Floyd by police.
Protesters have toppled several statues of Christopher Columbus claiming he was responsible for the exploitation and genocide of native people in the Americas.
Two statues of Columbus were removed by authorities in Newark, New Jersey in an effort to remove symbols of oppression. Another 2 statues were removed in Boston and Virginia.
President Donald Trump condemned the actions at his July 4th speech at Mount Rushmore on Friday night. “Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children,” Trump said.