Amid a nationwide debate over the removal of Confederate statues and monuments, a 225-year-old monument commemorating Christopher Columbus was destroyed early Monday morning, Aug. 21.
On Monday, a video showing the monument being smashed was posted. A sign reading, “The future is racial and economic justice,” was taped to the monument by two unidentified people.
One of the people hit the monument with what appears to be a sledgehammer while another is shown standing by and holding 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,” the video’s narrator, who identifies himself as Ty, says.
“That Columbian wave of destruction continues on the backs of indigenous, African-American and brown people,” the narrator says in the video.
The crime was originally reported by The Baltimore Brew.
In the wake of violence between hate groups and nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, due to protests over the removal of the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, President Trump defended the statues, saying they are a part of our history.
President Trump said, “This week, it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”
All four of the Confederate statues in Baltimore were removed by the city last week.
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