Monument To Christopher Columbus Vandalized

Baltimore's Christopher Columbus Monument

On Tuesday morning, Assemblyman Ron Castorina held a press conference near the statue of Columbus, who Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called a "controversial figure" that should be considered for removal.

A video uploaded to YouTube shows a local activist, who identifies himself as "Ty", smashing the plaque on the Christopher Columbus Obelisk just off Harford Road in Northeast Baltimore.

She made the remarks while advocating for the removal of a different statue - of controversial Dr. J. Marion Sims - at 103rd street and 5th Avenue. To others, he is a destroyer of Native American people and culture.

"I would definitely encourage them to take a look at that one as well", Mark-Viverito said when asked about the towering statue of Columbus - a gift from Italian Americans to the city in 1892.

"There are still to this day conversations happening because of the monuments, other Columbus statues, being talked about", Mark-Viverito said yesterday, according to ABC.

In recent years, activists have pushed back against Columbus Day, pointing to the mass killings of the indigenous people and eventual colonization of the Americas after the explorer "discovered" the continents.

Pedestal of a Confederate Monument in Baltimore
Pedestal where the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument stood in Baltimore before it was removed

Mayor Bill de Blasio shed some light Tuesday on the city's efforts to address growing concern over controversial statues and memorials throughout NY. "We have to look at history, we have to look at it thoroughly and clearly, and he is a controversial figure".

On Monday, de Blasio told reporters that he would not comment on any specific statue but acknowledged that the Sims statue is among the ones that will be examined.

"The Columbus statue is obviously one that will get very immediate attention because there's been tremendous concern raised about it", Ben Sarle, a mayoral spokesman, wrote in an emailed statement.

In 2013, de Blasio, who is of Italian heritage, said that there are "some troubling things" in Columbus's history.

The mayor said the group would come up with a "universal standard" for the city to honor people in the future, the Post reported.

De Blasio said the commission will weigh the facts and consider input from New Yorkers as well as stakeholders involved with the memorials in question. "We're going to look at all statues and monuments that in any way may suggest hate or division or racism, anti-Semitism - any kind of message that is against the values of New York City".



Latest news

Manchester United eye Sessegnon
However, Fulham are interested in hanging on to the defender unless they receive a transfer bid in the region of £25-£30 million. Sky Sports presenter Aidan Magee said: "We're hearing there's significant interest from the north west and Manchester United ".

Focusing in on Shares of Brixmor Property Group Inc. (NYSE:BRX)
The stock of Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE: PAA ) has "Hold" rating given on Monday, July 17 by Stifel Nicolaus. Guggenheim assumed coverage on shares of Plains All American Pipeline, a report on Monday, April 17th.

Jerry Seinfeld to Revisit Early Club Days for Netflix Special
And true to form, Netflix has not been shy about spending big bucks in order to attract some of the best comedic minds in the business.

Buhari to work from home for now - Presidency
Last week, Buhari said he was feeling well enough to go back to Nigeria and was just awaiting his doctors' permission. "That shows that he as the president does not have confidence in Nigeria's health sector", he added.

Christian Kirksey: Browns players were 'praying' during anthem protest
I said at some point in time, they may [protest], and they have. "Of course not", Boldin said , according to the Associated Press. It seems particularly fearless given how fans and the media have villainized Kaepernick for his decision to protest.

Other news