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Title: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 29, 2020, 11:52:15 pm
OLD CONTENT:

The recently ongoing movement to remove colonialist statues started with the Rhodes Must Fall campaign:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodes_Must_Fall

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Rhodes Must Fall (#RhodesMustFall) was a protest movement that began on 9 March 2015, originally directed against a statue at the University of Cape Town (UCT) that commemorates Cecil Rhodes. The campaign for the statue's removal received global attention[2][3] and led to a wider movement to "decolonise" education across South Africa.[3][4] On 9 April2015, following a UCT Council vote the previous night, the statue was removed.

Rhodes Must Fall captured national headlines throughout 2015 and sharply divided public opinion in South Africa. It also inspired the emergence of allied student movements at other universities, both within South Africa and elsewhere in the world.

then in the US acquired an understandable emphasis on removing Confederate monuments:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Removal_of_Confederate_monuments_and_memorials

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In the wake of the Charleston church shooting in June 2015, several municipalities in the United States removed monuments and memorials on public property dedicated to the Confederate States of America. The momentum accelerated in August 2017 after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.[1][2][3] The removals were driven by the belief that the monuments glorify white supremacy and memorialize a government whose founding principle was the perpetuation and expansion of slavery.[4][5][6][7][8] Many of those who object to the removals, like President Trump, claim that the artifacts are part of the cultural heritage of the United States.[9]

though also including some other statues:

hyperallergic.com/430694/san-francisco-racist-statute/

but elsewhere retains its primarily anti-colonialist focus:

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/22/toppling-statues-nelsons-column-should-be-next-slavery

www.ft.com/content/7ae28cf4-8e09-11e7-a352-e46f43c5825d

www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/06/canada-halifax-statue-edward-cornwallis

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/02/captain-cook-statue-removed-new-zealand-mountain-maori-protests/

The most common rightist criticism of this movement is to accuse it of being an attempt to somehow "erase history", which is of course nonsense. Far from wanting to erase history, we are positively generating public interest in history by revisiting who built the statues, what the statues mean to their builders, why they deserve to beremoved, and indeed why it took so long for calls for their removal to begin. We are certainly not trying to make people forget the existence of the historical figures portrayed by the statues. If we were, we wouldalso be trying to ban teaching of colonial history, which not even rightists accuse us of (in fact they tend to accuse us of the opposite: of excessively promoting the teaching of colonial history!). No, a statue of a historical figure represents celebration or veneration of that figure. That is what we are opposed to: a colonialist statue still standing in a supposedly post-colonial country implies that the country has not yet really been decolonized, at least not in spirit. The truth is that rightists to this day remain proud of the colonial era, which iswhy they are defending their statues. Some are honest enough to admit this, others are not, but these two groups stand together in defending their statues.

What makes the rightist position all the more absurd is that many of these rightists claim to be "nationalists". By defending colonialist statues, they prove they are anything but. Nationalism is anti-colonialism. We who call for the removal of colonialist statues are the true nationalists, and we should be proudly taking back this label (among others):

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodes_Must_Fall#Supporting_student_who_made_Pro-Hitler_and_anti-Semitic_remarks

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On 25 April 2015, Mcebo Dlamini, then president of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of Wits University (a South African public research university), stated in a Facebook post that he “loves Adolf Hitler” … Dlamini later declared during a radio interview on PowerFM that “Jews are devils,” a remark which led the South African Jewish Board of Deputies to lay criminal charges of hate speech against him.

Nevertheless, I suggest that in order to sidestep the rightist invective as efficiently as possible, we could consider (as an alternative to removing entire statues) just decapitating each statue and displaying the disembodied head hanging adjacent to the rest of the statue. This would visually prove beyond any doubt that we are not trying to make people think that the colonialists (and, by inference, the colonial era)never existed, but merely declaring what we think of colonialists.

As for the issue of legality, the basic line of reasoning is adequately covered as follows:

www.dailytarheel.com/article/2018/10/maya-little-trial-1021

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Holmes tried to build a case that Little’s actions — dousing the statue and its pedestal in red paint and her blood — were justified under the necessity defense, which asserts that citizens can violate laws that contradict the big-picture wishes of the Constitution.

“In our history, people have had to commit crimes in order to raise the issues,” Holmes said. “Because the laws and the government’s complicity in racism has required them to break the law.”

Holmes linked Little’s case to that of the Friendship Nine, a group of black men who were arrested for staging a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in South Carolina in 1961.

“It sometimes becomes necessary to breaksome sort of technical minor law in order to vindicate the broader values of the Constitution,” Holmes said.

In 2015, the FriendshipNine's convictions were ceremoniously overturned. At court, the judge — the nephew of the judge who originally sentenced the group — said, "We cannot rewrite history, but we can right history.”

Holmes said henoted comparisons in the cases to argue that Little’s charges were the same sort of situation, civil disobedience that would be considered favorably in the eyes of history, like the illegal assistance northerners gave to slaves on the Underground Railroad, a violation of the Fugitive Slave Act.

The Equal Protection Clause has also beencited in lawsuits pertaining to courthouses’ display of the Confederateflag, but those cases were civil whereas Little’s was criminal. The combination of the necessity defense in conjunction with the Equal Protection violation is new, Holmes said.

Please use this topic not only to discuss the issue, but to post news updates on particular statue removal campaigns, and to point out currently untargeted statues that you would like to see removed. If we could eventually build up full lists of colonialist statues in every country, that would be awesome.

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Here is a good one:

www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2018/10/18/The-Stone-Mountain-carving-plays-a-complicated-role-in-the-race-for-Georgia-governor/stories/201810180211

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Stacey Abrams, a Democrat and former State House minority leader, is the firstblack woman in the country to win a major party’s nomination for governor, and it was Ms. Abrams, 44, who injected Stone Mountain into the contest.
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In a flurry of posts on Twitter, Ms. Abrams declared the Stone Mountain carving “a blight on our state,” and called for it to be removed.
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her Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, haschosen a different focus, winning his party’s primary with a series of provocative ads in which he brandished a shotgun and said he might use his own pickup truck to deport “criminal illegals.”

Mr. Kemp, who is white, has, like President Donald Trump, denounced the movement to take down Confederate monuments. In July, as the Atlanta NAACP planned aprotest calling for the removal of the Stone Mountain carving, Mr. Kempsaid on Facebook that he would protect it from “the radical left.”
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The idea to carve the side of the mountain was hatched in 1914. The next year, the Klan, which had faded after first emerging during Reconstruction, was revived atop the mountain with a cross burning.

Proponents of the carving had strong Klan ties, with one early booster, Helen Plane, even suggesting that Klansmen be included in the carving. The group, she wrote, “saved us from Negro domination and carpetbag rule.”

The carving effort stalled during the Great Depression, but in 1954, MarvinGriffin, a candidate for governor, stumped on a promise to uphold segregation in the wake of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling — and to finish the carving.

After Mr. Griffin’s election, the state bought the land in 1958, writing into law that it was meant to be operated as a “perpetual memorial” to the Confederacy.

This is what the carving looks like:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/72/Stone_Mountain%2C_the_carving%2C_and_the_Train.jpeg)

Cananyone seriously deny that the mountainside would have looked infinitely better if left untouched? What, then, does this say about theaesthetic sense of those responsible for this overt vandalism? The Stone Mountain carving is a symbolic microcosm of Western civilization, whose very existence is a form of continuous rudeness and disrespect towards everything around it. Removing the carving now, of course, will not restore the mountainside to what it used to be before the carving was made, and so be it. Let the indelible scar on the stone stand as a brutally honest reminder of the blight upon the world that Western civilization has been. Nevertheless, erasing the carving itself will at least show that we have had enough of tolerating its hubris in thinking that its existence actually improved the world when it could not be moreaesthetically clear that nothing could be further from the truth.

(Offtopic, here is an example of how to make mountainsides look better:

agrifarmingtips.com/terrace-step-farming-inca-advantages-and-disadvantages/ )

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www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6462695/Mayor-removes-highly-valuable-Gainsborough-painting-office-links-slave-trade.html

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Cleo Lake took down the 'dull and dated' portrait of Lord Nugent from the walls of City Hall in Bristol.

Paintedby the artist Thomas Gainsborough, the portrait shows Lord Nugent holding a copy of the 1750 Act for the Regulation of the Slave Trade, which he helped pass through parliament.
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Earlier this year, the Mayor took down a portrait of the Bristol slave trader Edward Colston, whose ships transported nearly 100,000 Africans to the Americas.

And as always we get to learn a bit more about history in the process:

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WHAT WERE LORD NUGENT'S LINKS TO THE SLAVE TRADE?

The politician Robert Craggs Nugent (1709-1788) represented Bristol in the House of Commons from 1754 until 1774.

By 1782, he had become the longest continually-serving member of the Commons, and so became the Father of the House.

He was involved in the 1750 Act of Parliament.

The1750 Act dissolved the Royal Africa Company and transferred its assets to the African Company of Merchants - the slave trading posts that existed in what is now Ghana.

This was an important step in turning the transatlantic slave trade from a lucrative one for Bristol merchants into a trade that took place on an industrial scale.

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Edward Colston: Bristol's beloved son and wealthy slave trader

Edward Colston was born to a wealthy merchant family in Bristol, 1636.

After working as an apprentice at a livery company he began to explore the shipping industry and started up his own business.

He later joined the Royal African Company and rose up the ranks to Deputy Governor.

TheCompany had complete control of Britain's slave trade, as well as its gold and Ivory business, with Africa and the forts on the coast of west Africa.

During his tenure at the Company his ships transported around 80,000 slaves from Africa to the Caribbean and America.

Around 20,000 of them, including around 3,000 or more children, died during the journeys.
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Aa statue commemorating Colston in Bristol, a plaque reads: 'Erected by citizens of Bristol as a memorial of one of the most virtuous and wise sons of their city.'

There are at least 20 roads, schools, pubs, businesses and buildings named after Edward Colston, and the slave trader is still commemorated and celebrated in the city.

WE WILL REPLACE YOU!

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www.independent.co.uk/voices/poll-shows-brits-are-proud-of-colonialism-clearly-they-havent-heard-of-these-colonial-crimes-a6823151.html

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When we are taught about Empire we are rarely given the gruesome details that counter the idea of Britain being a benevolent Imperial power. Thisis partly due to a whitewashing of history curriculums. This was only exacerbated by attempts from Michael Gove to turn the history syllabus into nationalist propaganda. To add to this views put forward by pop historians such as Andrew Roberts serve to glorify Empire.
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David Cameron ruled out apologizing for the slave trade and the Amritsar massacre. This is in spite of the fact that Cameron and his wife have ancestral links to the slave trade.

The more statues pulled down, the more chances to raise awareness of history. It is happening, even if slowly:

www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/14/racist-gandhi-statue-removed-from-university-of-ghana

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Students at the university welcomed the decision to remove the statue. “It’s a massive win for all Ghanaians because it was constantly reminding us of how inferior we are,” Benjamin Mensah told Agence France-Presse.

The head of language, literature and drama at the Institute of African Studies, Obadele Kambon, said the removal was an issue of “self-respect”.

“If we show that we have no respect for ourselvesand look down on our own heroes and praise others who had no respect for us, then there is an issue,” he said.

“If we indeed don’t show any self-respect for our heroes, how can the world respect us? Thisis victory for black dignity and self-respect. The campaign has paid off.”

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One McKinley statue down:

www.times-standard.com/2019/02/28/mckinley-statue-removed-from-arcata-plaza/

Good job!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McKinley#Peace_and_territorial_gain

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McKinleyalso pursued the annexation of the Republic of Hawaii. The new republic, dominated by business interests, had overthrown the Queen in 1893 when she rejected a limited role for herself.[159] ... McKinley biographer H. Wayne Morgan notes, "McKinley was the guiding spirit behind the annexation of Hawaii, showing ... a firmness in pursuing it";[162] the President told Cortel, "We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is manifest destiny."[163]

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As you may know, Portugal has a verylong history of colonialism, and a history of being very proud of it. In the 1940s, during the nationalist dictatorship of the Estado Novo, they erected a "Monument to the Discoveries" (Padrão dos Descobrimentos):

This disgusting 52-meter-high colossus celebrates the main figures associated with Portuguese colonialism. The square right in front of it has a similarly colossal compass rose and a world map, gifts of none other than Apartheid South Africa.

In a country such as this, public talks of decolonization are almost non-existent. But there are things in the works, and I mentioned that monument for this recent exhibition about Africa being held in it: www.padraodosdescobrimentos.pt/pt/evento/visita-conversada-com-2/

The significance of such a thing being held in that specific monument should not be lost on us.

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globalnews.ca/news/5081694/sir-john-a-macdonald-statue-vandalized-once-again-in-downtown-montreal/

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Activists calling themselves #MacdonaldMustFall group claimed responsibility, saying the vandalism comes on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination promulgated by the United Nations and was done in solidarity with other worldwide actions against racism.

Keep the pressure on!

theconversation.com/john-a-macdonald-should-not-be-forgotten-nor-celebrated-101503

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even by historical standards, a story by Rachel Décoste in the Huffington Post shows that Macdonald was “way more racist than his contemporaries.”
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while Macdonald was prime minister, the Métis were attacked twice, the Canadian army led an unprovoked attack against Chief Poundmaker’s people, many First Nations and Métis leaders were jailed (with a number of them dying in jail or shortly after they were released), Louis Riel was hanged for treason even though he was an American citizen, the largest mass execution in Canadian history occurred with the hanging of eight Cree and Assiniboine men in North Battleford, Sask. The Indian Actwas amended and became much more oppressive and punitive and a starvation policy was implemented.

Further reading:

rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/jesse/2015/01/10-crimes-john-macdonald

www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/01/13/should_we_really_be_celebrating_sir_john_a_macdonalds_birthday.html

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www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-hostile-indians-sign-20190430-story.html

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A historical marker at Fort Garrison in Stevenson has been removed after officials received a complaint regarding its use of the term “hostile Indians.”
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It is indicative of weighted language and bias that some Americans have toward Native American history, Harley said, and no trepresentative of the fact that the original colonists forcibly displaced the native population, mostly through violence and force.
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the bishop brushed aside the idea of preserving the marker’s historical significance, even in the sense that it represents a period of time in which these sentiments were more widely accepted.

In response, he quoted a West African proverb that says, “The lion’s story will never be known as long as the hunter is the one to tell it.”

(Next, Israel will talk about "hostile Palestinians".....)




 
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 30, 2020, 12:17:39 am
OLD CONTENT contd.

Going hand in hand with removal of colonialist monuments is building of anti-colonialist monuments:

www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-48724128

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A monument honouring the "tremendous contribution" of the Windrush generation is to be erected in London.
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Events are taking place across the country on Saturday to mark the first National Windrush Day.
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BaronessFloella Benjamin, chair of the Windrush Commemoration Committee, said: "Having a Windrush monument located at Waterloo Station where thousands of Windrush pioneers - including children like myself - first arrived inLondon, will be a symbolic link to our past as we celebrate our future."

Janice Irwin, from community group Ageless Teenagers, described the plans as "fantastic", but also "long overdue", and said itwas "a little strange" that it would be built at Waterloo Station, and not Brixton where many people from the Windrush generation settled.

Some of the Windrush generation were wrongly told after they had lived in the UK for decades they were in the country illegally.

Many lost their right to work or get NHS treatment, while others were detained or deported.

Thethen Home Secretary Amber Rudd apologised last year for the deportationthreats, calling the scandal "wrong" and "appalling".

An estimated 500,000 people now living in the UK have been called the Windrush generation.

TheHMT Empire Windrush first arrived at Tilbury Docks, Essex, on 22 June 1948, bringing workers from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and other islands, as a response to post-war labour shortages in the UK.


www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-08/sydney-statues-of-colonial-leaders-in-spotlight-again/11285380

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There are 25 publicly funded statues of the colony's early leaders around the CBD.

Amongthem are Captain Cook, Governor Arthur Phillip, Lachlan Macquarie, Queen Victoria, explorer Matthew Flinders and even his cat Trim.
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"It'sbreathtakingly hard trying to feel proud walking around seeing statues of people that my old people have told me have declared martial law on us."

So far so good. But then:

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Mr Moran said a statue of a prominent Indigenous leader would be a small but significant step towards reconciliation.

It's the colonialist statues that have to be taken down,not merely other statues added. No non-colonialist statues should be built before the last colonialist statue has been removed, in the same way that we lower the colonial flag prior to raising our own flag. Otherwise subjects the non-colonialist symbol to the indignity of sharing space with the colonialist symbol.

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Medals count as statues:

rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/bill-seeks-to-remove-stain-of-wounded-knee-massacre-medals/article_ef12b305-8252-5f80-8541-7f3cfd015c2d.html

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Newfederal legislation seeks to “Remove the Stain” from the Medal of Honorby rescinding 20 medals that were awarded to soldiers who participated in the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre.
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The massacre happened on Dec. 29, 1890, near Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota. A force of 490 U.S. soldiers — armed with rapid-fire, wheel-mounted artillery guns — was attempting todisarm a camp of about 370 Lakota Sioux people when a shot rang out andchaotic firing ensued.

A total of 31 soldiers died during the encounter or afterward from their wounds, compared to hundreds of NativeAmericans. Although precise estimates of Native American deaths vary, the Remove the Stain Act says there were 350 to 375 Native American fatalities, nearly two-thirds of whom were unarmed women and children.
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Afterthe massacre, some of the Native American dead were left on the frozen ground for several days before a military-led burial party dumped the bodies in a mass grave. Today, that grave is marked by a small, weathered monument that was erected in 1903.

The Army awarded 20 Medals of Honor — the nation’s highest military award — to soldiers who participated in the massacre.
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Thelegislation, if passed by Congress and signed by the president, would require the names of the 20 medal winners to be removed from the government’s official Medal of Honor Roll.
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The findings in thenew legislation also mention the historical writings and statements of Maj. Gen. Nelson Miles, who was not present at the massacre but commanded all of the Army’s departments west of the Mississippi River atthe time.

Drawing from a letter Miles wrote in 1891, the legislation quotes him stating, “I have never heard of a more brutal, cold-blooded massacre than that at Wounded Knee.”

Western civilization itself is a stain on the New World that needs removing.

(Notonly should the medals be rescinded, but all known descendants of the soldiers who participated in the massacre should be prohibited by the state from reproducing.)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RIXrfz2x1E

Visitor comment: I agree with most of what he's saying, only the notion that people who never owned slaves should pay "reparations" to people who never were slaves, in apology for slavery existing - something that no one today was even alive to see - is retarded. I thinka much better course of action, one that won't actually deepen ethnic division, is to remove these monuments and to shift the cultural forces of the US towards Univeralism rather than tribalism.

90sRF response: He wasn't necessarily demanding reparations, but rather pointing out that the same people unwilling to pay reparations gladly pay for stuff to celebrate historical slave owners. If people who had nothing to do with slavery themselves solely cared about keeping their own money, they shouldn't be willing to pay for either. Unwillingness to pay only for the former can therefore be deduced to be caused by something other than merely people who had nothing to do with slavery wanting to keep their own money.

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https://summit.news/2019/07/25/video-algerians-tear-down-statue-of-general-de-gaulle-in-france/

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People are catching on to our way of thinking:

www.campusreform.org/?ID=13537

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Aimedat UVA President James Ryan, the petition entitled "Remove Monument to Genocide that Welcomes People to UVA," as reported by Newsweek, calls for UVA to scrap a statue of George Rogers Clark, a leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and brother of William Clark. The petition has received 450 total signatures, just 50 signatures shy of its final goal,at publication time.

Inscribed text underneath the statue reads “George Rogers Clark: Conqueror of the Northwest.”

“Remove the statue of George Rogers Clark engaged in genocide to a museum where it can be presented as a shameful memory,” the petition demands. “The statue of George Rogers Clark at UVA depictsa white man on a horse dressed for war….He has other men behind him with a gun and a barrel of gun powder, and he appears to be reaching back for a gun with his right hand. There are four Native Americans in front of him, including one infant.”
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Richard Handler, an anthropology professor at UVA, told the Cavalier Daily that the statue could be moved to an exhibit to teach people about genocidal behavior against Native Americans.

“People need to realize that statues were not handed down from God but are human creations of specific times,places and peoples,” Handler said. “As our thinking changes, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with removing, destroying, or even rededicatinga statue.”

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Another history lesson:

www.startribune.com/the-real-history-of-mount-rushmore/388715411/

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Thecarved visages are iconic Americana, appearing in a gazillion media photos and books and travel features, in advertisements and promotions, on U.S. postage stamps in two eras, and on South Dakota’s license plate (“Great Faces. Great Places.”).

But the back story of Mount Rushmore is hardly a rich history of a shared democratic ideal. Some seethe monument in the Black Hills as one of the spoils of violent conquest over indigenous tribes by a U.S. Army clearing the way for white settlers driven westward by a lust for land and gold.

Actually, violent conquest of minorities by the majority is the democratic ideal.

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As it was in colonial America, the young country’s expansion was fueled by “Manifest Destiny” — a self-supreme notion that any land coveted by Euro-Americans was, by providence, rightfully theirs for the taking.
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Thesculptures were chiseled by an imported Ku Klux Klansman on a granite mountain owned by indigenous tribes on what they considered sacred land — land that the U.S. Supreme Court said in 1980 was illegally taken from them.
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Theso-called “Indian wars” featured the U.S. Army aggressively enforcing America’s expansionist resolve by exterminating indigenous tribes who sought to stay where they’d always been. Indians would lose nearly everybloody battle that would follow.
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the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 granting Lakota autonomy over a broad, 60-million-acre region encompassing all of South Dakota west of the Missouri River — including the Black Hills — and parts of North Dakota and Nebraska.
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But like every tribal treaty before and since, the U.S. reneged on its Fort Laramie promises almost immediately by failing to prevent small-scale incursions into “The Great Sioux Reservation.”

Justsix years after Laramie, Gen. George Custer led a U.S. Army expedition out of Fort Lincoln (present-day Bismarck, N.D.) into the Black Hills toexplore suitable sites for forts and routes to them. The action was a purposely provocative treaty violation.

Anothermission, to assess the presence of gold, would hasten the treaty’s demise. Custer rosily trumpeted that gold was found, unleashing a torrent of prospectors that the U.S. chose not to contain.

After a failed bid to buy the Black Hills, the U.S. determined to drive out the Lakota and simply take the area’s riches.Fierce resistance by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull was worn down by the Army’s big guns and well-supplied legions, mostly dispatched from Minnesota’s Fort Snelling.
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Atwar’s end, the “victorious” U.S. carved up the Great Sioux Reservation by first taking back the Black Hills and broad swaths of buffers. The Lakota were forced onto mostly useless land, including the Pine Ridge Reservation on South Dakota’s southern border.
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On a bitter December day in 1890, a U.S. cavalry contingent intercepted a band of ghost-dancing Lakota and attempted to confiscate what few guns they had. A shot rang out, and panicked soldiers opened fire from all sides, killing150 men, women and children before hunting down scores of unarmed Lakota and shooting them point-blank as they struggled in the snow.

The infamous Wounded Knee Massacre (incredibly, the U.S. called it a “battle” and awarded medals to its “heroes”) was the last of America’s long, violent campaigns to subdue indigenous tribes all across the continent.
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Threedecades after Wounded Knee, in 1923, a South Dakota tourism agent advanced an idea for several large sculptures in the Black Hills. He enlisted the support of the renowned Gutzon Borglum, whose most recent work had been carving Stone Mountain, Ga., a grand gathering site for a white supremacist group Borglum belonged to, the Ku Klux Klan.
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AtMount Rushmore, you may learn that the sculptures are arranged for maximum sun exposure, itself a cruel irony: The faces of the four presidents (white conquerors) peer southeast toward a reservation housing vanquished Lakota, who mostly live out forgotten, impoverished lives in the shadow of their sacred Paha Sapa that, legally, still belong to them.

This is called democracy.

The Mount Rushmore sculptures must be destroyed. (They are extremely ugly anyway, and utterly ruin the entire mountainscape in the most tasteless way possible. In this sense this perfectly captures how Western civilization interacts with everything it encounters. We should certainly keep photos to show students in a post-Western future.)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbCyh_Eew2c
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 30, 2020, 01:42:25 am
OLD CONTENT contd.

About time:

news.yahoo.com/long-mexico-icon-spanish-conquistador-040345048.html

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ALBUQUERQUE,N.M. (AP) — The Spanish conquistador is an image found throughout New Mexico, the most Hispanic state in the United States.

Depictions of men such as 17th century explorers Don Juan de Oñate and Don Diego deVargas have long adorned murals and been honored at commemorations as symbols of the region's Hispanic heritage.

In recent years, however, the conquistador and all the effigies connected to it have come under intense criticism. Anew generation of Native American and Latino activists is demanding that conquistador imagery and names be removed from seals, schools and streets. They say the figure's connection to colonialism and indigenous genocide makes the conquistador outdated, highlighting the region's changing attitudes about its colonial past.

Activists convinced organizers of the yearly Santa Fe Fiesta to abandon "the Entrada" — a recreation of de Vargas recapturing Santa Fe for the Spanish from Pueblo tribes. Under pressure, Santa Fe's public school district also announced it would limit when conquistador reenactors visit. This month, the University of New Mexico said it's looking for a new design for its official seal following protests from Native Americans over concerns about the current seal with a conquistador.

ElenaOrtiz, president of the Santa Fe chapter of The Red Nation, a Native American advocacy group, said the developments come after years of activism and public campaigns seeking to change perceptions about the conquistador.

More needs to be done, she said.

"We still have Don Diego parading around," Ortiz said. "This symbol of genocide should not be allowed in public schools."
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NickEstes, an American Studies professor at the University of New Mexico and co-founder of The Red Nation, said activists want state leaders to stop lionizing the region's violent colonial past and recognize the history of Native Americans.

This fight is worse than the battle over U.S. Civil War-era Confederate monuments in the American South, he said.

"Atleast there's an acknowledgment of this country's legacy with slavery,"Estes said. "This country has not acknowledged its legacy with indigenous genocide."

therednation.org/

(They also support BDS:

therednation.org/2019/09/07/the-liberation-of-palestine-represents-an-alternative-path-for-native-nations/ )

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Holidays also count as statues:

www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-columbus-day-indigenous-people-20191011-3qaxw2omv5csfdgumzh727iavm-story.html

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Commentary: Will Columbus Day give way to Indigenous Peoples Day? More communities are making the shift.
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ColumbusDay is a relatively new federal holiday. In 1892, a joint congressionalresolution prompted President Benjamin Harrison to mark the “discovery of America by Columbus,” in part because of “the devout faith of the discoverer and for the divine care and guidance which has directed our history and so abundantly blessed our people.”

Europeans invoked God’s will to impose their will on indigenous people. So it seemed logical to call on God when establishing a holiday celebrating that conquest too.

Of course, not all Americans considered themselves blessed in 1892. That same year, a lynching forced black journalist Ida B. Wells to flee her hometown of Memphis. And while Ellis Island had opened in January of that year, welcoming European immigrants, Congress had already banned Chinese immigration a decade prior, subjecting Chinese people living in the U.S. to widespread persecution.
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Today,cities with significant native populations, such as Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles, celebrate either Native American Day or Indigenous Peoples Day. And states such as Hawaii, Nevada, Minnesota, Alaska and Maine have also formally recognized their Native populations with similar holidays. Many Native governments, including the Cherokee and Osage in Oklahoma, either don’t observe Columbus Day or have replaced itwith their own holiday.
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While Columbus Day affirms the story of a nation created by Europeans for Europeans, Indigenous Peoples Day emphasizes Native histories and Native people — an important addition tothe country’s ever-evolving understanding of what it means to be American.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMbMJ3DGph4

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https://www.sfexaminer.com/news/columbus-statue-defaced-with-red-paint-near-coit-tower/

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More success:

pix11.com/2019/10/14/columbus-park-in-milwaukee-renamed-indigenous-peoples-park/

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At least they got our message about Ghandi:

www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/students-call-to-block-manchester-gandhi-statue-because-hes-racist-a4262711.html

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The city council approved a 9ft bronze statue of the Indian independence figure to be erected outside Manchester Cathedral to promote peace following the 2017 Manchester Arena terror attack that killed 22 people.

But a group of students are calling for the council to reverse its decision due to Gandhi’s “well-documented anti-black racism and complicity in the British Empire's action in Africa".

In an openletter, the students demanded a statement acknowledging his “racism”, an apology and to reverse the decision while redirecting funds to commemorate a black anti-racist activist.

The group says that Gandhi "saw himself as a ‘fellow-colonist'
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It adds: "In 1905, Gandhi appealed to laws asking Indians to fight againstthe amaZulu, and collected funds to finance the execution of Black people fighting for self-determination and the right to their homeland.

"These actions and thoughts are of course not documented in his autobiography,but they are well documented throughout his earlier correspondence and writings."

The letter was posted under the hashtag #GandhiMustFall, which was previously used during efforts to remove a similar statue at the University of Ghana.

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www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-council-set-to-ditch-australia-day-celebrations-20191105-p537o5.html

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AustraliaDay celebrations in Sydney's inner west are set to be scrapped in favour of the Aboriginal festival Yabun under a council proposal aimed at a "more respectful" approach to the national holiday.
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LaborMayor Darcy Byrne said moving the Australia Day celebrations at Enmore Park to a different date would stop it from competing with Yabun and recognise that for Aboriginal people it is a day of sadness rather than celebration.

"We're seeking to take a more respectful approach toJanuary 26 and acknowledge that for Aboriginal people it marks the onset of colonisation, dispossession, the removal of children and the deliberate destruction of language and culture," Mr Byrne said.

"There'sa growing number of local communities and people across Australia that think the 26th of January should be a commemoration not a celebration and the ongoing hurt that Aboriginal people feel shouldn't be exacerbated through fireworks and festivals."
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The proposal will come before council next Tuesday night and is likely to pass with the support of Labor councillors and the Greens.

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www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/05/chile-statues-indigenous-mapuche-conquistadors

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In the urban centre of Temuco, hooded demonstrators lassoed a statue of a 16th-century Spanish conquistador last week and yanked it to the ground.

Cheering bystanders – many wearing the traditional ponchos and headbands of the indigenous Mapuche people – stamped on the bronze effigy of Pedro de Valdivia and hammered it with wooden staffs.

In the city of Concepción – which Valdivia found in 1550 – a crowd toppled another bust of the Spanish coloniser, impaled it on a spike, and barbecued it at the feet of a statue of his historical nemesis, the Mapuche chieftain Lautaro.

Inthe nearby town of Collipulli, a bronze of General Cornelio Saavedra – notorious for leading the bloody 19th-century “pacification” of the Mapuche heartland – suffered a similar fate.

Most dramatically of all, a statue in Temuco of the Chilean military aviator Dagoberto Godoy (1893-1960) was decapitated,and his head hung from the arm of a statue of the Mapuche warrior Caupolicán – now also holding the Mapuche flag, or Wenufoye.
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Theattacks on symbols of Spanish colonial rule have provoked a war of words recalling debates in the US over monuments to Confederate generals, or in the UK regarding prominent statues of slavers and imperialists.

Conservative Chilean commentators have branded themacts of vandalism and the work of “professional agitators”. Others describe an organic – if overexuberant – desire to challenge established historical narratives.

“These are actions of a very potent symbolism, in rejecting an official version that has falsified and grossly airbrushed our history,” said Pedro Cayuqueo, a Mapuche writer and historian. “There’s something far deeper going on.”
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Such demands are shared by smaller aboriginal groups like the Diaguita, an Andean desert people with some 90,000 self-identified descendants. Protesters in the northern city of La Serena likewise felled and burneda statue of the conquistador Francisco de Aguirre in late October, replacing it with an image of “Milanka”, a Diaguita woman.

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Demographic Blueshift harvest:

news.yahoo.com/democrats-wins-could-help-bring-144259907.html

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RICHMOND,Va. (AP) — An army of Confederate monuments dots Virginia's landscape but some of those statues could soon start coming down after Election Day gave Democrats control of the General Assembly for the first time indecades.

Members of the new legislative majority say they plan to revive proposals to make it easier to remove the public displays honoring Civil War soldiers and generals in a state that was home to twoConfederate capitals. Previous attempts to do so were quickly dispatched in the Republican-controlled General Assembly, in votes largely along party lines.
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Across the state, officials have catalogued 168 war memorials, 136 of which are dedicated to Confederate participants in the Civil War.
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Another occasional target of criticism is a statue of prominent segregationist Harry F. Byrd Sr., a former Virginia governor and U.S. senator who's considered the architectof the state's "massive resistance" policy to public school integration. His figure in bronze stands on the Capitol square.

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Vegan edition!

au.news.yahoo.com/cambridge-university-removes-painting-after-vegans-complain-115638812.html

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A college at Cambridge University in England has removed a 17th century painting from the wall of its dining hall after students complained it was putting them off their food.

Hughes Hall reportedly received complaints from vegan students about The Fowl Market, which shows a collection of dead animals hanging from hooks.

The painting, by Flemish artist Frans Snyders, was on long-term loan from the university’s Fitzwilliam Museum but has now been taken down.

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Warren is in:

news.yahoo.com/elizabeth-warren-revoking-medals-wounded-knee-massacre-140752378.html

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WASHINGTON― Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced legislation on Wednesday that would rescind 20 Medals of Honor awarded to U.S. soldiers who slaughtered hundreds of Lakota Indians — mostly women and children ― in the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890.

Her bill, the Remove the StainAct, is the Senate version of a bill introduced in the House in June byDemocratic Reps. Denny Heck (Wash.), Paul Cook (Calif.) and Deb Haaland(N.M.), one of two Native American women in Congress.
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“The horrifying acts of violence against hundreds of Lakota men, women, and children at Wounded Knee should be condemned, not celebrated with Medalsof Honor,” Warren said in a statement. “The Remove the Stain Act acknowledges a profoundly shameful event in U.S. history, and that’s whyI’m joining my House colleagues in this effort to advance justice and take a step toward righting wrongs against Native peoples.”

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www.foxnews.com/politics/virginias-ralph-northam-pushes-to-remove-robert-e-lee-statue-from-us-capitol

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VirginiaGov. Ralph Northam will push for a bill in the state legislature to replace the state's statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that is displayed in the United States Capitol building.

The office of the Democratic governor will file a request for a bill that would outline the process for removing the statue and selecting a replacement.The figure of Lee is one of two statues from Virginia in the National Statuary Hall Collection.

The filing come after two Democratic lawmakers requested Northam replace the statue as part of his legislative agenda for the new session that begins in February.

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On a lighter note:

www.yahoo.com/news/comedians-mock-confederate-sympathizer-steve-174718631.html

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www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/9/steny-hoyer-wants-roger-taney-bust-replaced-thurgo/

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House Democrats said Monday they will try to toss the bust of former Chief Justice Roger Taney from the collection in the U.S. Capitol, saying the Maryland jurist’s role in writing the decision in the 1857 Dred Scott ruling makes him unfit for that honor.
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“We’re entering a new era where we are reexamining our history and beginning to look at our history for its good. And also its bad,” Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass said. “The removal of Chief Justice Taney’s bust is long overdue in our nation’s Capitol.”

The Dred Scott decisionconfirmed that the Constitution did not recognize slaves as U.S. citizens and therefore they could not sue in federal court. It also declared the Missouri Compromise, a deal meant to appease escalating tensions over slavery, unconstitutional, barring Congress from prohibiting slavery in the western territories.
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The push to remove Taney’s bust is part of a larger, national debate over removing statues and monuments dedicated to historical figures who are seen as controversial by modern standards.

In Virginia, the Democratic-led state General Assembly passed measures over the weekend that rolled back protections for Confederate monuments and allows local governments to decide whether or not to remove them.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 30, 2020, 01:59:23 am
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Good job!

www.marketwatch.com/story/confederate-statues-and-monuments-become-targets-in-weekend-protests-of-death-of-black-minneapolis-man-in-police-custody-2020-05-31

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RICHMOND,Va. (AP) — Protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd, ablack man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck, targeted Confederate monuments in multiple cities.

Astense protests swelled across the country Saturday into Sunday morning,monuments in Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee and Mississippi were defaced. The presence of Confederate monuments across the South — and elsewhere in the United States — has been challenged for years, and someof the monuments targeted were already under consideration for removal.

Thewords “spiritual genocide” in black spray paint, along with red handprints, stained the sides of a Confederate monument on the University of Mississippi campus Saturday, the Oxford Eagle reported. One person was arrested at the scene.

Ole Miss administrators, student leaders and faculty leaders have recommended moving the statue — installed in 1906 and a rallying point in 1962 for people who rioted tooppose the university’s court-ordered integration — from a central spotto a Civil War cemetery that’s in a more secluded location on campus, but the state College Board has delayed action.

Critics have saidits display near the university’s main administrative building sends a signal that Ole Miss glorifies the Confederacy and glosses over the South’s history of slavery.

In Charleston, South Carolina, protesters defaced a Confederate statue near the Battery, a historic area on the coastal city’s southern tip. The base of the Confederate Defenders statue, erected in 1932, was spray-painted, including with thewords “BLM” and “traitors,” news outlets reported. It was later coveredwith tarp, photos show.

In North Carolina, the base of a Confederate monument at the State Capitol was marked with a black X and ashorthand for a phrase expressing contempt for police, according to a photo posted by a News & Observer journalist to social media. The word “racist” was also marked on the monument, the newspaper reported.
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Inthe coastal city of Norfolk, protesters climbed a Confederate monument and spray-painted graffiti on its base, according to photos posted by a Virginian-Pilot journalist. Norfolk is among the Virginia cities that have signaled intent to remove their Confederate monuments. In February,state lawmakers approved legislation that would give cities autonomy todo so.

A commission in Richmond, the state capital and what was the capital of the Confederacy, recommended removing one of five Confederate statues along the city’s famed Monument Avenue. Photos posted to social media late Saturday and early Sunday showed the bases of at least two statues — those of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart — almost entirely covered in graffiti. A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis had “cops ran us over,” spray-painted on the base. A noose had been flung over Davis’ shoulder.

Afire burned for a time at the headquarters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a group responsible for erecting many Confederate statues and fighting their removal. The building, too, was covered in graffiti, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

In Chattanooga, Tenn., protesters spray-painted a statue Saturday of Confederate Lt. Gen. Alexander P. Stewart on Saturday, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

In Nashville, Tenn., and in Philadelphia, statues of people criticized for racist views, but without Confederate ties, were also targeted.

Protesters in Nashville toppled Saturday a statue of Edward Carmack, a state lawmaker in the early 1900s and newspaper publisher who had racist views and wrote editorials lambasting the writings of prominent Tennessee civil-rights journalist Ida B. Wells, the Tennessean reported.

Protesters sprayed graffiti on a statue of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, tried to topple it and set a fire at its base. Rizzo, mayor from 1972 to 1980, was praised by supporters as tough on crime but accused by critics of discriminating against people of color. His 10-foot-tall (3-meter-tall) bronze statue across from City Hall has been defaced before and is to be moved next year.

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Another one down!

www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2020/06/03/Philadelphia-takes-down-statue-of-former-Mayor-Frank-Rizzo/4321591190033/

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"Thestatue is a deplorable monument to racism, bigotry, and police brutality for members of the Black community," Kenney said. "The treatment of these communities under Mr. Rizzo's leadership was among the worst periods in Philadelphia's history."

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The list so far:

www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2020/06/all-the-monuments-to-racism-that-have-been-torched-occupied-or-removed/

And one more:

www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/texas-ranger-statue-at-love-field-removed-over-concerns-about-racist-history/2382528/

Don't stop now!

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www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgium-all-news/115251/leopold-ii-statue-defaced-at-africa-museum/

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A statue of Leopold II in the garden of the Africa Museum in Tervuren was defaced, VRT reported Thursday evening.

Other statues of the former Belgian king had already been vandalized in Halle, Ostend, Ghent and Ekeren.

Thestatue in Ekeren was set on fire on Wednesday night after having been smeared in red paint last weekend. The bust in Ghent was also covered inred paint and marked ‘I can’t breathe,’ the final words of George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose death at the hands of US police has sparked nationwide uprisings over police brutality and systemic racism.
www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgium-all-news/115178/leopold-ii-statue-set-on-fire-in-antwerp/

www.brusselstimes.com/brussels/114713/petition-launched-to-remove-statue-of-leopold-ii-in-brussels/

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As anti-racism protests and demonstrations in honour of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer put his knee on his neckfor minutes in the United States last week, are taking place worldwide,a petition to the City of Brussels has been launched in Belgium to remove all statues of Leopold II.

Under his colonial regime, millions of Congolese people died. Lack of reliable sources have made itdifficult to form an accurate estimation, but modern estimates range from 1 million to 15 million. In recent years, a consensus of around 10 million deaths has been reached among historians.

“Despite all this, Leopold II is commemorated throughout Belgium through statues, ceremonies in his honour, street names, and so on. We do not want to erase the past, but we do want to erase any homage to this man,” the initiators of the petition added.

The petition:

www.change.org/p/ville-de-bruxelles-enlever-toutes-les-statues-en-hommage-%C3%A0-l%C3%A9opold-ii

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And another goes down!

us.yahoo.com/news/protesters-topple-confederate-statue-virginia-054712041.html

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EklsmK4f-b4

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Another:

www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/08/john-b-castleman-statue-louisville-taken-down-cherokee-triangle/5318612002/

Also, Mayor Sadiq Khan defends the statue topplers:

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Moving beyond Confederates to colonialists proper:

www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/09/protesters-rally-in-oxford-for-removal-of-cecil-rhodes-statue

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd_0zSlX5XM

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Previously I suggested:

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wecould consider (as an alternative to removing entire statues) just decapitating each statue and displaying the disembodied head hanging adjacent to the rest of the statue. This would visually prove beyond anydoubt that we are not trying to make people think that the colonialists(and, by inference, the colonial era) never existed, but merely declaring what we think of colonialists.

Now:

www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/06/10/christopher-columbus-statue-beheaded-boston-richmond/

Thank you BLM!

Also ongoing:

www.yahoo.com/news/tracker-monument-statue-removal-floyd-protests-confederate-racist-204705465.html

But best of all:

www.thesun.co.uk/news/11832425/second-winston-churchill-statue-vandalised-graffiti-blm-protests/

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The statue of Queen Victoria was left covered in graffiti after Black Lives Matter protests in Leeds.

Demonstrators sprayed the sculpture with the words “racist”, “murderer” and “slave owner”.
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Nelson's Column is another target of anti-racism campaigners who want it torn down over links to the slave trade.

Campaigners want the column removed as Nelson was fiercely opposed to the abolition of the slave trade.

Hesupported prominent slavers and tried to prevent the abolitionist William Wilberforce - who he dubbed 'damnable' - from ending Britain's involvement in the slave trade.

Hundreds of statues could be pulled down after protesters drew up a “hitlist”.

Full list of statues

Francis Drake - sea captain and slave trader

Drake was the first sailor to complete an entire journey of the world in one trip frm 1577 to 1580.

He helped his cousin, John Hawkins, capture slaves from the Americas and sell them to Spanish plantations.

William Gladstone

Gladstone is a former British PM whose family owned slaves in the Caribbean.

He was actively opposed to the anti-slavery movement in Britain.

When slavery was banned, he helped his father obtain today's equivalent of £10.3 million in return for freeing his slaves.

Horatio Nelson

Aflag officer in the Royal Navy known for inspirational leadership and unconventional tactics during the Napoleonic wars. He was a supporter ofthe slave trade and actively tried to thrwart the abolitionist movementin Britain.

James George Smith Neill - monument - Ayr, Wellington Square

Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde – Statue - Glasgow, George Square

Sir Robert Peel - Statue - Glasgow, George Square

Henry Dundas – Statue - Edinburgh, St Andrew's Square

Grey's Monument - Newcastle Upon Tyne, Grainger Street

William Armstrong - Memorial - Newcastle Upon Tyne, Eldon Place

Statue of Sir Robert Peel in George Square, Glasgow

Robert Peel – Statue - Leeds, Woodhouse Moor

Robert Peel – Statue - Preston, Winkley Square

Robert Peel – Statue - Bury

Robert Peel – Statue - Manchester, Piccadilly Gardens

Oliver Cromwell – Statue - Manchester, Wythenshawe Road

Oliver Cromwell – Statue - Warrington, Bridge Street

Bryan Blundell - Blundell House - Liverpool, Liverpool Blue Coat School

Christopher Columbus – Statue - Liverpool, Sefton Park Palm House

William Leverhulme – Statue - Wirral, outside Lady Lever Art Gallery

Henry Morton Stanley – Statue - Denbigh, Hall Square

William Gladstone – Statue - Hawarden, Gladstone's Library, Church Lane

Elihu Yale – Wetherspoons Pub - Wrexham, Regent Street

Black man's head caricature - Ashbourne, Green Man

Robert Clive – Statue - Shrewsbury, The Square

Robert Peel – Statue - Tamworth, 27 Market Street

H Morton Stanley – Park - Redditch, Morton Stanley Park

Statue of Oliver Cromwell on Bridge Street, Warrington

Oliver Cromwell – Statue - St Ives, Market Hill

Ronald A. Fisher – Memorial - Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College

Sir Thomas Picton – Memorial - Carmarthen, Picton Terrace

General Nott - Statue - Carmarthen, Nott Square

Thomas Phillips – Memorial plaque - Brecon, Captain's Walk

Cecil Rhodes – Statue - Oxford, Oriel College

Christopher Codrington – Rename Library - Oxford, Codrington Library, All Souls College

Rename Rhodes Arts Complex and Rhodes Avenue - Bishop's Stortford, Cecil Rhodes

Sir Thomas Picton – Statue - Cardiff, Cardiff City Hall

Edward Colston – Rename Colston Hall and Colston Street - Bristol, Colston Street

Henry Overton Wills III – Wills Memorial Building - Bristol, University of Bristol

Edward Colston – Statue - Bristol, Bristol Harbour

Edward Colston - Building - Bristol, Colston Tower, Colston Street

Captain Edward August Lendy & Captain Charles Frederick Lendy– Memorial Statue - Sunbury-on-Thames, Pantiles Court

Edward Colston – Rename Colston Road - Mortlake, Colston Road

William Beckford – School - London, Dornfell Street

Statue of Robert Clive in The Square, Shrewsbury

Robert Geffrye – Statue located on the Museum of the Home - London, Kingsland Road

Francis Galton – Galton Lecture Theatre - London, Gower Street

Charles II of England – Statue - London, Soho Square Gardens

King James II – Statue - London, Trafalgar Square

Robert Clive – Statue - London, Westminster, King Charles Street

Oliver Cromwell – Statue - London, Houses of Parliament

Sir Robert Clayton – Statue - London, St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road

SirHenry De la Beche – Name on front of Imperial College - London, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus

Christopher Columbus – Monument - London, Belgrave Square Garden

Thomas Guy – Statue - London, Guys Hospital

Thomas Guy - London, Guy's Hospital

Robert Milligan – Statue - London, Tower Hamlets, West India Quay

Sir Francis Drake, Robert Blake, Horatio Nelson – Statues - London, Deptford Town Hall, Goldsmiths College

Sir Francis Drake, Robert Blake and Horatio Nelson – Statues - London, Goldsmiths Uni Deptford Town Hall

Statue of Sir Robert Clayton on Westminster Bridge Road, London

Lord Kitchener – Statue - Chatham, Khartoum Road

Admiral Sir Edward Codrington – Plaque - Brighton, Western Road

William Ewart Gladstone – Plaque - Brighton, Royal Albion Hotel

Christopher Barry Russell – Office - Cosham, Admiral House

Redvers Buller – Statue - Exeter, Hele Road

Francis Drake – Statue - Tavistock, Drakes Roundabout

Nancy Astor – Statue - Plymouth, Hoe Park

Francis Drake - Statue - Plymouth, Plymouth Hoe

I like leftists who are methodical about activism.

Theabove list pertains to just the UK, though. We need similar lists for every country affected by Western colonialism. Anyone want to volunteer?

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A group called Topple the Racists want statues across Britain removed and street names changed.

Theirlist includes some of Britain’s most famous historical figures including King James II, Oliver Cromwell and Christopher Columbus.

Thegroup said: “We believe these statues and other memorials to slave-owners and colonialists need to be removed so that Britain can finally face the truth about its past – and how it shapes our present.
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“We must learn from, not venerate, this terrible chapter in British colonial history.”

Very well put. We support this group unreservedly:

www.toppletheracists.org/

Keep up the good work!

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Meanwhile,it has been announced 130 Labour councils across England and Wales willbegin reviewing monuments and statues in their towns and cities.

It means dozens more monuments could be removed.

Astatement posted on Twitter said: "LGA Labour have consulted with all Labour council leaders, and there is overwhelming agreement from all Labour councils that they will listen to and work with their local communities to review the appropriateness of local monuments and statueson public land and council property."

I wish success to all involved. To colonialist statues everywhere: WE WILL REPLACE YOU!

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Meanwhile, more successes back in the US:

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8408251/Pelosi-demands-Republicans-agree-remove-11-Confederate-statues-Capitol-Hill.html (pictures and information about the statues included)

Also some I missed earlier:

www.yahoo.com/news/jefferson-davis-statue-torn-down-034826808.html

www.arkansasonline.com/news/2020/jun/10/protesters-topple-columbus-statue-minnesota/

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFJvIjCkYDU
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 30, 2020, 02:09:58 am
OLD CONTENT contd.

Recap of earlier years:

www.yahoo.com/news/pulling-down-statues-racists-africas-070107944.html

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JOHANNESBURG(AP) — Queen Victoria, Cecil Rhodes, King Leopold. Statues honoring these leaders of colonial rule have been pulled down over the years in Africa after countries won independence or newer generations said racistrelics had to go.

New campaigns in the U.S. and Europe are now following Africa’s lead. Monuments to slave traders and colonial rulers have become the focus of protests around the world, driven by a reexamination of historical injustice after the death of George Floyd atthe hands of police in the U.S.

No protests have been spotted this week around the remaining statues in Africa, but several have facedfurious demonstrations in the past.

A boisterous student-led campaign pressed the University of Cape Town to remove a statue of CecilRhodes from the school's entrance in April 2015. The statue had been defaced and covered in excrement by students protesting against the colonial leader who supported white minority rule in South Africa and the colonization of the southern African territories named for him, Northern and Southern Rhodesia, which later became independent Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Students celebrated as a crane lifted the statue off its base. Now the statue is covered by a tarpaulin at a local army base.

Anotherstatue of Rhodes was toppled in Zimbabwe in July 1980, a few months after the country became independent. When the statue was downed in the capital — then known by its colonial name, Salisbury, now Harare — demonstrators cheered and pounded it with a hammer.

A statue of Britain’s Queen Victoria in Nairobi, Kenya, was knocked down and beheaded in 2015 by unknown vandals. The headless statue lies next to its plinth in a downtown square.

“This statue reminds me of the suffering our forefathers went through in the hands of colonialists and whenever we see them, the memories are fresh,” Nairobi resident Samuel Obiero said. “We need to get rid of them. All over the world they must be brought down and all people who suffered due to colonialism need to also be saved from all these kinds of memories.”

InCongo, a statue honoring colonial ruler King Leopold II of Belgium — a copy of the statue that is now the focus of demonstrations in Belgium — was pulled down decades ago. Erected in 1928, it was ordered taken down by then-dictator Mobutu Sese Seko seven years after independence in 1960.

The statue made a return in 2005 with an updated plaque, intended by authorities to serve as a reminder of the horrors of colonial rule. Public outcry was so great that it was taken down a day later.

Now it stands in a park of colonial monuments set up on the grounds of the Institute of National Museums set up by the U.N. mission in Congo. Although the park is technically open to the public, access is limited because of its proximity to the president’s residence in the capital, Kinshasa. The park also has statues of explorers Henry Morton Stanley and David Livingstone.

There have been so many protests against the statue of Paul Kruger, an early white ruler of South Africa, in the capital, Pretoria, that fencing has been erected tokeep people away from it. “Killer Killer” is prominently painted on itsbase.

“It just reminds me of, like, what’s written over there, ‘Killer Killer,’” said Rogue Wanga, a 19-year-old street vendor. "Those people were killers literally. And they never liked us. I feel like we should replace it. Maybe a fountain or a Madiba (Nelson Mandela) statue wouldn’t hurt.”
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South African author William Gumede said pulling down statues is just the first step in a process.

“It'simportant for these symbols of injustice to be pulled down,” Gumede said. “This has been going on for decades, and we are grappling with ridding ourselves of these monuments to domination.”

But is there less enthusiasm about pulling down colonialist statues in former colonies in other parts of the world? If so, why? And what can bedone to increase such enthusiasm?

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Next one:

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8418521/New-Orleans-protesters-pull-bust-throw-river.html

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Black Lives Matter protesters rip down bust of slave owner John McDonogh in New Orleans then throw it into the Mississippi River

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Continuing:

www.oregonlive.com/news/2020/06/pioneer-statues-toppled-amid-protests-at-university-of-oregon.html

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The statues have a history tied to the celebration of white conquest, and some students had renewed calls for their removal against a backdrop of international protests against racism and police brutality.
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ThePioneer was the first statue on the University of Oregon campus, according to the university website. During the 1919 ceremony in which it was dedicated, the president of the Oregon Historical Society gave a speech lauding the “Anglo-Saxon race,” according to a Hidden History article on the university’s library website.

The Pioneer Mother, erected in 1932, was the other statue removed by protesters. Researcher Brenda Frink told The Register-Guard in 2012 that similar pioneer motherstatues celebrated “the expansion of American territory and the expansion of white occupation of that land.”
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Also on the list was a renaming of Deady Hall, named after Matthew Deady, the racist judge who founded the University of Oregon law school. Deady was a notedproponent of slavery and said only “pure white” men should be allowed to vote, according to a report commissioned by university President Michael Schill in 2016.

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activists in northern New Mexico celebrated the removal of another likeness of Oñate that was on public display at a cultural center in the community of Alcalde. Rio Arriba County officials removed it to safeguard it from possible damage and to avoid civil unrest ahead of a scheduled protest.

A forklift priedthe massive bronze statue of Oñate on horseback from a concrete pedestal. Cheers erupted among bystanders who saw the memorial as an affront to indigenous people and an obstacle to greater racial harmony, though several people also arrived to defend the tribute to Oñate.
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The Oñate statues have been a source of criticism for decades.

Oñate,who arrived in present-day New Mexico in 1598, is celebrated as a cultural father figure in communities along the Upper Rio Grande that trace their ancestry to Spanish settlers. But he’s also reviled for his brutality.

To Native Americans, Oñate is known for having orderedthe right feet cut off of 24 captive tribal warriors that was precipitated by the killing of Onate’s nephew. In 1998, someone sawed the right foot off the statue — an incident that weighed in the decisionto stash away the statue.

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abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/statue-pioneer-linked-california-gold-rush-removed-71267009

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Severaldozen people cheered as a work crew lifted the statue of John Sutter — a19th century European colonizer of California who enslaved Native Americans — off its pedestal outside Sutter Medical Center in the latestreckoning of historical figures being removed from public display.
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AshwutRodriguez, a California Indian from Sacramento, spit on the statue of Sutter after it was loaded onto a flatbed and tied down.

“This isonly a Band Aid on a broken arm, but we can’t celebrate or consider anything until you stop celebrating these evil people,” said Rodriguez, 42, who came out with his family and young children to watch.

www.yahoo.com/news/christopher-columbus-statue-removed-st-152227289.html

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Astatue of Christopher Columbus that stood in a St. Louis park for more than 130 years has been removed amid a growing national outcry against monuments to the 15th century explorer (June 16)

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www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/pelosi-orders-removal-four-portraits-confederate-house-speakers-capitol-n1231436

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Pelosi requested the immediate removal of the portraits of Robert Hunter of Virginia who served as House speaker from 1839 to 1841; Howell Cobbs of Georgia (1849 to 1851); James Orr of South Carolina (1857 to 1859); and Charles Crisp of Georgia (1891 to 1895).

"We cannot honor men such as James Orr, who swore on the House Floor to 'preserve and perpetuate' slavery in order to 'enjoy our property in peace, quiet and security,' or Robert Hunter, who served at nearly every level of the Confederacy, including in the Confederate Provincial Congress, as Confederate Secretary of State, in the Confederate Senate and in the Confederate Army,” Pelosi wrote in the letter. "The portraits of these men are symbols that set back our nation's work to confront and combat bigotry."
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The speaker said during her weekly press conference Thursday that she and her team were unaware that the portraits existed inside the Capitol until "we were taking inventory of the statues and the curator told us" about the four paintings of the Confederate speakers.

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www.yahoo.com/news/north-carolina-protesters-tear-down-025419841.html

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Protesters in North Carolina's capital pulled down parts of a Confederate monumentFriday on night and hanged one of the toppled statues from a light post.

Today, Western statues. Tomorrow, Western civilization.

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www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/20/protesters-statue-washington-dc-albert-pike-juneteenth-us

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Cheering demonstrators jumped up and down as the 11-foot (3.4-meter) statue of Albert Pike – wrapped with chains – wobbled on its high granite pedestalbefore falling backward, landing in a pile of dust. Protesters then seta bonfire and stood around it in a circle as the statue burned, chanting, “No justice, no peace, no racist police”.
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The Pike statue has been a source of controversy over the years. The former Confederate general was also a longtime influential leader of the Freemasons, who revere Pike and who paid for the statue. Pike’s body is interred at the DC headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, which also contains a small museum in his honor.

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Our enemies report:

voiceofeurope.com/2020/06/foreigners-start-petitions-to-remove-racist-scandinavian-statues/

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Theiconoclasm in US and UK has now spread to Scandinavia, where petitions in Sweden and Norway have called for statues of “racist” historical persons to be taken down.
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Jallow, a foreigner, disapproves of Sweden’s commemoration of Von Linne because he was the first scientist who divided mankind into races. There are statues of him in various cities throughout Sweden. Recently, far-left activists have launched a petition to have one of Von Linne’s statues removed. At present, the petition has 1,566 signatures.

Meanwhile, in Norway, a Moroccan woman living named Yasmin Zannachi has started the petition to take downtwo statues in Oslo – one of Winston Churchill, and the other of the Norwegian writer Ludvig Holberg, Document Norway reports.
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Zannachi’s petition, which now has over 4,000 signatures, is supported by the youth organization of the Norwegian Greens.

TeodorBruu, spokesperson for the Norwegian Green Youth says: “We think it is totally obvious that we should not have statues of racists and slave traders in our towns.”

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Enemy tweet: coming for, like, ulysses s grant's ass? not sure about that one.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_policy_of_the_Ulysses_S._Grant_administration#Buffalo_destruction

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Centralto the Grant administration Peace policy was allowing the destruction of the buffalo, the Native food supply, to keep Native peoples dependenton government supplies. In 1872, around two thousand white buffalo hunters working between Kansas, and Arkansas were killing buffalo for their hides by the many thousands. The demand was for boots for Europeanarmies, or machine belts attached to steam engines. Acres of land were dedicated solely for drying the hides of the slaughtered buffalo.

And the double-standard to top it off:

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Ranchers wanted the buffalo gone to open pasture land for their cattle herds.

It is true that Grant was opposed to discrimination against "blacks":

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulysses_S._Grant#Reconstruction_and_civil_rights

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Grantwas considered an effective civil rights president, concerned about theplight of African Americans.[312] On March 18, 1869, Grant signed into law equal rights for blacks, to serve on juries and hold office, in Washington D.C., and in 1870 he signed into law the Naturalization Act that gave foreign blacks citizenship.[312] During his first term, Reconstruction took precedence. Republicans controlled most Southern states, propped up by Republican controlled Congress, northern money, and southern military occupation.[313] Grant advocated the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment that said states could not disenfranchise African Americans.[315]

but this is only further evidence that (contrary to rightist accusations ofBLM ethnotribalism) BLM cares not just about oppression of "blacks"

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Here is a start for the US. This only has Confederate monuments, but this dataset can be downloaded expanded upon to include Columbus statues, pioneer settler monuments, etc.

www.splcenter.org/20190201/whose-heritage-public-symbols-confederacy#findings

This page has the data in a simplified format:

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Across the United States, there are an estimated 1,741 public symbols of the Confederacy, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

These symbols include schools, parks, bridges, roads, statues and more.
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In2017, during a protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee, a self-described neo-Nazi killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer after he rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protestersin Charlottesville, Virginia.

Since then, at least 44 monuments have been removed across the country.

The map below shows where the 771 statues and monuments are in the US:

www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2020/06/mapping-hundreds-confederate-statues-200610103154036.html

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We have arrived in France:

www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/06/22/protesters-deface-french-colonial-era-statues-in-red-paint/

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PARIS(AP) — Two Paris statues related to France’s colonial era were daubed with red paint Monday amid a global movement to take down monuments to figures tied to slavery or colonialism.

One statue was of Hubert Lyautey, near the gold-domed Invalides monument that houses Napoleon’s tomb. Lyautey served in Morocco, Algeria, Madagascar and Indochina when they were under French control, and later was France’s minister of war during World War I.

The other figure drenched in red shows Voltaire, a leading thinker and writer of the French Enlightenment, who owed part of his fortune to colonial-era trade.

No topplings yet, though.....

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Well spotted!

www.yahoo.com/news/petition-to-change-badge-st-michael-st-george-queen-honour-104906375.html

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A petition is calling for one of the Queen’s highest honours to be redesigned as campaigners say it resembles a white man killing a black man.
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On the petition, Tracy Reeve wrote: “The image on the Honorary Knights/Dames Commander (KCMG/DCMG) star is a white skinned angel stood on the head/neck of a black skinned devil.

“This is ahighly offensive image, it is also reminiscent of the recent murder of George Floyd by the white policeman in the same manner presented here inthis medal.

“We the undersigned are calling for this medal to completely redesigned in a more appropriate way and for an official apology to be given for the offence it has given!”
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Sir Simon Woolley, the director and one of the founders of Operation Black Vote, told The Guardian: “The original image may have been of St Michael slaying Satan, but the figure has no horns or tail and is clearly a black man. It is a shocking depiction, and it is even more shocking thatthat image could be presented to ambassadors representing this country abroad.

“For most black and brown people, there is nothing good about the empire. Most people will see this as an image of George Floyd on a global scale and a symbol of white supremacy.”

Judge for yourself:

(https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/uAQSE6x4E1O7Btpbjjqk0g--/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTM4NC4yNzU0ODQ0MTQ0OTAzNA--/https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/hyeBHWTYTjBMxEJVnqT53g--~B/aD02NDc7dz0xMTg3O3NtPTE7YXBwaWQ9eXRhY2h5b24-/https://media-mbst-pub-ue1.s3.amazonaws.com/creatr-uploaded-images/2020-06/1fa5a5c0-b542-11ea-9bef-f28846f83cb4)

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www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jun/23/andrew-cuomo-defends-destruction-us-monuments-its-/

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the attacks on monuments “healthy expression” and “good statements.”

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In an appearance Tuesday on NBC, he denied President Trump’s admonition that, in the words of interviewer Savannah Guthrie, “cities should do more to protect monuments.”
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“People are making a statement about equality, about community, to be against racism, against slavery, Ithink those are good statements,” the Democratic governor said.
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“It’sa healthy expression of people saying let’s get some priorities here and let’s remember the sin and mistake that this nation made and let’s not celebrate it,” he said.

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Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 30, 2020, 02:22:32 am
Not all statues involve people:

https://nbcmontana.com/news/local/man-arrested-for-taking-down-kalispell-monument-with-chain-pickup-truck

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MISSOULA, Mont. — A Columbia Falls man is behind bars after police say he took down the Ten Commandments monument in Kalispell with a chain and a pickup truck.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 02, 2020, 01:47:54 am
https://nypost.com/2020/07/01/christopher-columbus-statue-removed-outside-columbus-city-hall/

https://apnews.com/b27b2bfce3ecefe13c917a69a59cd9da

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Stonewall Jackson removed from Richmond’s Monument Avenue

https://www.yahoo.com/news/belgium-king-leopold-statue-removed-115117221.html

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A statue of former Belgian king Leopold II has been removed in the city of Ghent as Belgium marked the 60th anniversary of the end of its colonial rule in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We still have a very long way to go, however:

https://us.yahoo.com/news/worshipping-whiteness-why-racist-symbols-080048241.html
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: guest5 on July 02, 2020, 10:15:21 am
Was Mahatma Gandhi racist? | The Stream
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The University of Ghana has removed a statue of the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, citing complaints from faculty and students that he was racist toward black Africans. The statue was donated to the university in 2016 by the Indian government, prompting critics to create the hashtag #GandhiMustFall to draw attention to derogatory statements the young Gandhi had written while living in South Africa.

Gandhi is considered an icon of social justice and defenders of his legacy contend that his writings, while ignorant, should be considered within the greater context of his life and struggle against oppression. Organisers of the hashtag campaign argue that Gandhi’s legacy doesn’t justify racism or his view that Africans were “inferior”.

In this episode, we speak with Gandhi historians and #GandhiMustFall campaigners to explore the impact of Mahatma Gandhi’s reported racism on his legacy as a champion of civil rights. Join the conversation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWFQtAejmfM

Mahatma Gandhi's Statue Vandalised In London Amid Black Lives Matter Protest
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Days after the desecration of a Mahatma Gandhi statue US capital Washington DC during George Floyd protests, protestors in Parliament Square, London, targeted a Gandhi statue on the other side of the Atlantic, spraying 'racist' on its foundation and splattering it with white paint. During the George Floyd protests in Parliament Square, which has emerged as one of the major hubs of protests in London, some miscreants took to defiling the statues located along the main square.

The main square holds statues of some historically respected figures of political movement including Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. Most of the statues along the main square were defiled with words such as 'racist' spray-painted on them, while some saw placards of the Black Lives Matter movement being hung around their necks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxhb-JOHV8Q
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 03, 2020, 11:59:27 pm
https://twitter.com/FordFischer/status/1278795602583789573

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Following yesterday's order by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney to remove all Confederate Statues immediately, a second figure was removed.

The statue of Matthew Maury, a Confederate Naval officer, was removed this morning.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/after-confederate-statues-controversy-native-american-lawmakers-ask-what-about-jackson-2020-07-02

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“There’s no question Andrew Jackson was the worst president ever for Native Americans — cruel, horrible,” said Rep. Deb Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat. Haaland is one of only four Native Americans and one of two Native women in Congress.

Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico, said Jackson’s statue doesn’t deserve its place in the Rotunda.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4OVEEuXA0c

Also the following is a worthwhile perspective:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/opinion/confederate-monuments-racism.html

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You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument

The black people I come from were owned and raped by the white people I come from. Who dares to tell me to celebrate them?
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I am a black, Southern woman, and of my immediate white male ancestors, all of them were rapists. My very existence is a relic of slavery and Jim Crow.

According to the rule of hypodescent (the social and legal practice of assigning a genetically mixed-race person to the race with less social power) I am the daughter of two black people, the granddaughter of four black people, the great-granddaughter of eight black people. Go back one more generation and it gets less straightforward, and more sinister. As far as family history has always told, and as modern DNA testing has allowed me to confirm, I am the descendant of black women who were domestic servants and white men who raped their help.

It is an extraordinary truth of my life that I am biologically more than half white, and yet I have no white people in my genealogy in living memory. No. Voluntary. Whiteness. I am more than half white, and none of it was consensual. White Southern men — my ancestors — took what they wanted from women they did not love, over whom they had extraordinary power, and then failed to claim their children.

What is a monument but a standing memory? An artifact to make tangible the truth of the past. My body and blood are a tangible truth of the South and its past. The black people I come from were owned by the white people I come from. The white people I come from fought and died for their Lost Cause. And I ask you now, who dares to tell me to celebrate them? Who dares to ask me to accept their mounted pedestals?
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Either you have been blind to a truth that my body’s story forces you to see, or you really do mean to honor the oppressors at the expense of the oppressed, and you must at last acknowledge your emotional investment in a legacy of hate.

Either way, I say the monuments of stone and metal, the monuments of cloth and wood, all the man-made monuments, must come down. I defy any sentimental Southerner to defend our ancestors to me. I am quite literally made of the reasons to strip them of their laurels.

I of course recommend the author to voluntarily refrain from reproducing so as to terminate the bloodline she carries ASAP. Though more importantly the state needs to step in and prohibit actual racists from reproducing.

We need to start promoting what I am hereby coining genetic cancel culture. The physical cancel culture currently being practiced, consisting of eliminating colonialist symbols, is well-intentioned but ultimately superficial, and dangerous if we presume it is sufficient. Eliminating the bloodlines celebrated by those symbols is the only true solution.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 04, 2020, 11:40:10 pm
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/protesters-pull-down-columbus-statue-024421492.html

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Baltimore protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the city's Inner Harbor on Saturday night.

https://twitter.com/louiskraussnews/status/1279579607637917699



Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 05, 2020, 02:00:50 pm
https://komonews.com/news/local/confederate-monument-toppled-at-seattles-lake-view-cemetery
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 07, 2020, 11:45:29 pm
https://apnews.com/08b88d1a21f11ba26cf15740d0b563bf

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Richmond removes statue of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart

https://www.change.org/p/rutgers-camden-office-of-the-chancellor-remove-racist-walt-whitman-statue-from-rutgers-camden-campus

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"The ****, like the Injun, will be eliminated: it is the law of races, history, what-not: always so far inexorable- always to be. Someone proves that a superior grade of rats comes and then all the minor rats are cleared out." - Walt Whitman

Topple the racists!
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: guest5 on July 09, 2020, 07:26:10 pm
Melania Trump statue removed after being set on fire
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A statue of Melania Trump has been removed from near her hometown in Slovenia after being badly burned by vandals.
The statue, near Sevnica, central Slovenia, was set alight on July 5, Slovenian Police confirmed to CNN.
Brad Downey, the artist who commissioned the piece, told CNN that he received a call from the local police department asking him what to do with the statue, which was made in July 2019 as part of an ongoing project that includes a short documentary film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_lQhklNmH0

Well, that didn't last long....
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 11, 2020, 12:48:53 am
NFAC joins in the call to remove the Stone Mountain carving:

https://us.yahoo.com/gma/georgia-activists-seek-remove-stone-mountain-granddaddy-confederate-154456160.html

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The Official Grand Master Jay, the NFAC founder, told ABC News he believes the Stone Mountain carving is a reminder of white supremacy, a history that cannot be cast simply as southern Confederate heritage.

“The United States has allowed it to exist but it's become a pain point. It's gotten to the point where it's more so fuel to the fire than it does to remind folks of their heritage. And of course, there are both sides to that, but I do believe that this particular monument is the pink elephant in the room,” he said.

Other organizations such as Black Lives Matter and the NAACP have also called for the removal of the monument.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 13, 2020, 12:22:25 am
We have reached Puerto Rico:

https://time.com/5865928/puerto-rico-confronts-spain-legacy/

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Statues, street names, plazas and even the body of conquistador Juan Ponce de León himself: Spain left a nearly indelible legacy in Puerto Rico that attracts hordes of tourists every year, but some activists are trying to erase it as they join a U.S. movement to eradicate symbols of oppression.

Dozens of activists marched through the historic part of Puerto Rico’s capital on Saturday, some wearing traditional Taino clothing as they banged on drums and blew on conch shells to demand that the U.S. territory’s government start by removing statues including those of explorer Christopher Columbus.

“These statues represent all that history of violence, of invasion, of looting, of theft, of murder,”
said an activist who goes by the name of Pluma and is a member of Puerto Rico’s Council for the Defense of Indigenous Rights. “These are crimes against humanity.”

Columbus landed in Puerto Rico in 1493 accompanied by Spaniard Ponce de León, who later became the island’s first governor and quelled an uprising by the native Tainos, a subgroup of the Arawak Indians. Historians and anthropologists believe that up to 60,000 Tainos lived in Puerto Rico at the time, but they were soon forced into labor and succumbed to infectious disease outbreaks.

Centuries later, local government officials honored both explorers by erecting statues and naming streets and plazas after them across Puerto Rico. The Columbus Plaza is located at the entrance of Old San Juan and bears a statue of Columbus unveiled in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his arrival. Meanwhile, a nearby statue of Ponce de León stands facing south with his left hand on his hip and right finger pointed toward the first settlement he founded. The ruins still mark the spot of the island’s first Spanish capital and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The statue made of melted steel from British cannons also points in the same direction of the nearby San Juan Bautista Cathedral that bears Ponce de León’s remains and is a popular tourist spot.

Activists on Saturday demanded that both statues be removed as the first step in taking down symbols of oppression across Puerto Rico.

“No, it won’t be easy,” acknowledged activist Francisco Jordán García, who helped organize the march. “It’s going to be a long process.”

But he quickly offered alternatives: “We can melt them and create a different statue of someone who truly deserves it.”

Activists recently contacted the office of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and said an assistant told them officials would evaluate the cost of taking down the statues. A Cruz spokesman did not return a message for comment.

The march comes as Puerto Ricans’ interest in the territory’s indigenous past continues to grow. In the 2010 Census, some 42,000 of the 3.7 million people living on the island at that time identified themselves as at least partially Taino.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 14, 2020, 02:49:35 pm
https://www.wwaytv3.com/2020/07/14/confederate-monument-removed-from-buncombe-county-courthouse/
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 15, 2020, 01:08:05 am
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/university-mississippi-removes-confederate-statue-heart-campus-n1233782
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 17, 2020, 11:59:53 pm
Another statue beheaded:

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/cecil-john-rhodes-statue-no-arrests-as-police-probe-who-chopped-off-busts-head-in-cape-town-20200715

One day we will behead Western civilization itself.

In other news, our enemies are now actively protecting some statues:

https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2020/07/08/protection-racket-columbus-has-friends-at-1-police-plaza/

https://twitter.com/Wildman_AZ/status/1284290149606518784
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 18, 2020, 11:31:10 pm
We have arrived in Greenland:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53429950

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The Hans Egede statue is in Nuuk, the tiny capital of the vast Arctic island where just 56,000 people live.

Last month red paint was daubed on the statue, with the word "decolonize" - apparently linked to the global anti-colonial protests.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 19, 2020, 11:17:19 pm
Some constructive input:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/replace-alexander-hamilton-stephens-statue-100623188.html

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Replace the Alexander Hamilton Stephens Statue With One of John Lewis
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 22, 2020, 11:56:15 pm
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/house-votes-to-remove-confederate-statues-from-capitol

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a bill to remove statues of Robert E. Lee and other Confederate leaders from the U.S. Capitol, as well as a bust of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, the author of the 1857 Dred Scott decision that declared African Americans couldn’t be citizens.

Besides Taney, the bill would direct the Architect of the Capitol to identify and eventually remove from Statuary Hall at least 10 statues honoring Confederate officials, including Lee, the commanding general of the Confederate Army, and Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president. Three statues honoring white supremacists — including former U.S. Vice President John C. Calhoun of South Carolina — would be immediately removed.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 23, 2020, 11:34:22 pm
https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1286441986694631425

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"The Promised Land" bronze sculpture has been removed by the city of Portland.

What is the Promised Land?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promised_Land

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The Promised Land (Hebrew: הארץ המובטחת‎, translit.: ha'aretz hamuvtakhat; Arabic: أرض الميعاد‎, translit.: ard al-mi'ad; also known as "The Land of Milk and Honey") is the land which, according to the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible), was promised and subsequently given by God to Abraham and his descendants

Manifest Destiny is based on this. So removing the statue is another victory for us.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 24, 2020, 01:08:41 pm
https://www.yahoo.com/news/christopher-columbus-statue-taken-down-090216918.html

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CHICAGO (AP) — Two statues of Christopher Columbus that stood in Chicago parks were taken down early Friday at the direction of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a week after protesters trying to topple one of the monuments to the Italian explorer clashed with police.

Crews used a large crane to remove the statue in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park from its pedestal. A small crowd cheered and passing cars honked as the statue came down about 3 a.m. The second statue was removed about 5:30 a.m. from Arrigo Park in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood.
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“This statue coming down is because of the effort of Black and Indigenous activists who know the true history of Columbus and what he represents,” Stefan Cuevas-Caizaguano, a resident watching the removal, told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on August 19, 2020, 02:21:42 pm
Contrary to what rightists claim, Cancel Culture is not a product of postmodernism:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ancient-cancel-cultures-defacement-statues-121956370.html

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Since at least the third millennium B.C., economically, socially and politically marginalized people have questioned authority by mutilating public images of rulers. And those in power have destroyed monuments to reinforce their authority and erase the names and accomplishments of their predecessors.

As art historian Erin L. Thompson recently explained, “destruction is the norm and preservation is the rare exception.”

Akkadians, who lived in Mesopotamia between about 2300 and 2150 B.C., created a bronze likeness of one of their living rulers. This portrait probably represents King Sargon of Akkad, known for conquering nearby Sumerian city-states. Although the likeness initially glorified the king, it was later purposefully mutilated. Akkadians cut off its ears, broke its nose and gouged out one of its eyes.

Importantly, Akkadians chose to mar rather than obliterate this monument to Sargon. Their goal was not to erase history but to show in dramatic fashion the downfall and ultimate humiliation of a once powerful leader.

Thousands of years later, Mesoamericans engaged in a similar practice. The Olmec, who lived in the lowlands of the Gulf of Mexico between approximately 1400 B.C. and A.D. 400, purposefully disfigured colossal heads.

These portraits of rulers’ faces were carved from basalt boulders. The largest weighs about 40 tons and measures over 10 feet high. Many have had pieces of their noses or lips broken off. Others have gouges carved into their surfaces or pox marks ground into their faces. Many were also buried.
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Many details about the Olmec colossal heads remain unknown. Elsewhere in Mesoamerica, however, the circumstances are more clear. In some instances, commoners purposefully destroyed and reused portraits of rulers.
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Ancestral Chatinos occupied coastal Oaxaca prior to the arrival of the Mixtecs around A.D. 1100. At Río Viejo in Oaxaca, archaeologist Arthur Joyce and colleagues excavated the ruins of an ancestral Chatino residence dating to approximately A.D. 800-1100.

At that residence, Joyce found a piece of a carved stone monument depicting the face of a ruler. In a politically motivated move, the peasants chose to reuse the monument fragment, a powerful symbol of authority, as a metate – a stone for grinding grain and seeds.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on August 30, 2020, 03:38:45 am
Another one comes down:

https://thepostmillennial.com/breaking-mob-tears-down-statue-of-sir-john-a-macdonald-in-downtown-montreal

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The words "RCMP **** Native Women/Kill Native Men" were written onto the base of the monument, as Macdonald's controversial history of behaviour towards Indigenous communities continues to be a point of contention.

More on MacDonald:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_A._Macdonald

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He has been criticized for his role in the Chinese Head Tax and federal policies towards indigenous peoples, including his actions during the North-West Rebellion that resulted in Riel's execution.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_head_tax_in_Canada

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Act

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqyB48w4Sro

All of Western civilization must fall like this!
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on September 13, 2020, 11:18:03 pm
https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2020/sep/03/confederate-monument-removed-from-bentonville/

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/confederate-statue-near-site-violent-charlottesville-unite-right-rally-gets-n1239952
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on October 07, 2020, 11:27:37 pm
More action at last!

https://www.npr.org/2020/09/30/917046641/u-s-statue-removals-inspire-indigenous-people-in-latin-america-to-topple-monumen

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The campaign to remove Confederate statues and other symbols of white supremacy in the United States is resonating in Latin America, where protesters have destroyed monuments to European colonizers who brutalized Indigenous populations.

The latest target was a statue of Sebastián de Belalcázar, a Spanish conquistador. He founded the Colombian cities of Popayán and Cali in 1537, while leading a military campaign that killed and enslaved of thousands of Misak Indigenous people.

After authorities foiled two previous attempts to remove the statue, located on the outskirts of Popayán, Misak leaders sent decoy protesters into the center of the city on Sept. 16, drawing police attention. Meanwhile, a smaller group of Misak approached the monument, used ropes to pull down it down, then pounded it with rocks, separating the head from the torso.

"The time has come to get rid of these statues all across the Americas," said Jesus Maria Aranda, a Misak leader who noted that the de Belalcázar statue was built atop a sacred Misak religious site. "The conquistadors did so much damage to Indigenous peoples."
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But more often, protesters focus on representations of Christopher Columbus and other European explorers who first landed in the Americas at the end of the 15th century. During anti-government marches last year in Chile, Mapuche protesters toppled an effigy of the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia, who established the Chilean capital city of Santiago but is now widely reviled for waging war on the Mapuche.

All told, about 60 statues in Chile were damaged or destroyed during the protests, according to the National Monuments Council. Such acts are considered criminal vandalism, but they haven't stopped. Last month, protesters in the Chilean town of Lumaco attacked a bust of Cornelio Saavedra, an army officer who led raids against the Mapuche in the 1800s. The protesters pulled it down and tossed it into a river.
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In Mexico City, city council member Teresa Ramos wants all traces of the conquistadors erased. She is demanding the removal of statues of Columbus and Hernán Cortés, who conquered the Aztec Empire in the 1500s, and wants streets honoring their memory to be renamed.

Yes! And this must happen not just in the New World, but in all lands ever subjected to Western colonialism. This is what will synbolize the unification of people all over the world as victims of Western colonialism, and with this unification we will kill Western civilization once and for all!

(https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2020/09/25/gettyimages-1228552158-8c33129c2f3b2c77b3ed8e0e740bd9fa72a47674-s1600-c85.jpg)

(And again, what is with all these implicitly Turanian compositions for statues of colonialists?)
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on October 09, 2020, 11:58:42 pm
Still a long way to go:

https://www.splcenter.org/presscenter/splc-whose-heritage-dataset-updates-september-15-2020

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Total number of Confederate symbols removed/relocated from public spaces or renamed since George Floyd’s death (May 25, 2020): 93
Removed: 64
-60 monuments
-1 state flag (MS)
-1 holiday (VA)
-2 Confederate flag emblems (SD police department assets and VA town seal)
Relocated: 10
-10 Confederate monuments
Renamed: 19
-10 schools
-4 colleges (1 campus; 3 buildings)
-2 parks/trails (CA and VA)
-2 roads (TX)
-1 body of water (VA)

Since the Charleston church shooting in 2015:
146 total symbols have been removed from public spaces
123 monuments have been removed or relocated from public spaces (109 monuments removed; 14 monuments relocated)

Nearly 1,800 Confederate symbols remain on public land; 698 of those symbols are monuments.

Further information:

https://www.npr.org/2020/10/06/919193176/confederate-statues-come-down-around-u-s-but-not-everywhere

And remember: Confederate statues are just the beginning. We will not rest until every Western statue all over the world from the colonial era has been toppled. (And then we can move onto buildings.....)
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: guest5 on October 12, 2020, 11:02:28 pm
Protesters knock down Roosevelt, Lincoln statues in Portland
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Protesters overturned statues of former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday night in a declaration of “rage” towards Columbus Day.

Protest organisers dubbed the event “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage,” in response to Monday’s federal holiday named after 15th-century Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, a polarising figure who Native American advocates have said spurred centuries of genocide against Indigenous populations in the Americas.

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The group threw chains around Roosevelt’s statue, officially titled “Theodore Roosevelt, Rough Rider”. They threw red paint on the monument and began using a blowtorch on the statue’s base, news outlets reported.

The crowd pulled down the statue just before 9pm local time (04:00 GMT). The group later turned their attention towards Lincoln’s statue, pulling it down about eight minutes later.

Historians have said Roosevelt expressed hostility towards Native Americans, once saying, “I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of every 10 are.”

Protesters spray-painted “Dakota 38” on the base of Lincoln’s statue, referencing the 38 Dakota men Lincoln approved to have hanged after the men were involved in a violent conflict with white settlers in Minnesota.

After toppling the statues, the crowd began smashing windows at the Oregon Historical Society and later moved onto the Portland State University Campus Public Safety office.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/12/us-protesters-knock-down-roosevelt-lincoln-statues-in-portland
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on October 12, 2020, 11:24:23 pm
Down it goes!

https://twitter.com/NDpendentPDX/status/1315504850788990976

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EkGh8FwXYAIyQS_?format=jpg&name=small)

Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: guest5 on October 12, 2020, 11:49:03 pm
Down it goes!

https://twitter.com/NDpendentPDX/status/1315504850788990976

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EkGh8FwXYAIyQS_?format=jpg&name=small)

The rightist commentary and tears are an insightful and interesting read. Thankfully, most of the commentators are probably at home and on their computers while the "rioters" are out and about. The comments about "destruction of property" are pretty rich considering the legacy of western civilization.

I tend to try and keep in mind too though that these "rightists" will probably go along to get along with any form of oppression as long as it makes them feel safe.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on October 14, 2020, 12:25:06 am
Next one!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peIFaewZYG0

https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/protesters-tear-down-plaza-obelisk/article_36f53abe-0cc8-11eb-91ac-4bf72f2f32dc.html

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What began Saturday as a three-day “occupation” of the Santa Fe Plaza by Native activists and their supporters culminated on Indigenous Peoples Day with protesters toppling a controversial war monument.

About 50 people used a rope and chains to bring the obelisk down.
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Erected in 1866, the Plaza centerpiece, sometimes called the Soldiers Monument and constructed to honor to Civil War Union soldiers, has spurred several demonstrations in Santa Fe this year amid a nationwide call for racial justice.

Native activists and other protesters have long objected to a plaque on one side that said the obelisk was dedicated, in part, to “heroes” who died in battle with “savage Indians.”

The plaque has sustained damage. Decades ago, a man chiseled away the word “savage,” and in late June, part of the plaque was broken off during an act of vandalism.

Webber said just before a planned protest earlier in June that the monument’s removal from the public park was “long overdue.” Following a failed attempt by a state-contracted crew to take down the structure overnight on the eve of the protest, however, Webber had not moved forward to remove it.

Four months later, just before the holiday known as Indigenous Peoples Day in Santa Fe, across New Mexico and in a growing number of U.S. cities and states, Webber released a statement continuing to call for a community conversation about the obelisk’s future.

He said he did not believe he had the unilateral authority to remove it.

After two days of peaceful protests, activists took the matter into their own hands.
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“It was a really emotional moment for me. For all that it represents, this type of monument shouldn’t exist,” Cipriana Jurado, 53, an Indigenous woman from Chihuahua, Mexico, said in Spanish.

“There is so much to celebrate here and in Latin America that existed before European culture,” she added.

And more discussion on the wider issue:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/local-opinions/the-columbus-fountain-is-broken-so-is-his-story/2020/10/08/9c1a950e-080b-11eb-9be6-cf25fb429f1a_story.html

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As we approach Monday’s national observance honoring Christopher Columbus, I am joined by many fellow Native and non-Native Americans and Washington-area residents in reconsidering Columbus’s actions against Indigenous populations and indeed the justification for honoring and memorializing this complicated and divisive historical figure.

We know the history of Christopher Columbus. He embarked on a very consequential journey in 1492. He was not the first European to visit present-day North America. In fact, he discovered nothing. For Native peoples, his legacy is clear. He murdered, tortured and enslaved the indigenous Taíno, Lucayan, Arawak and Cigüayos. He introduced death and human suffering on a scale unknown to these peoples. In a letter to his benefactor King Ferdinand II of Spain, Columbus described his conquest: “I found many islands inhabited by men without number, of all which I took possession . . . no one objecting.” They did object, and they did fight. Indigenous peoples continue to fight, reclaim, resist, protest, create and, in many cases, thrive.

Columbus’s early incursions across these lands began a 500-plus-year ascendancy of European Christians and their descendants. It is a history of loss and trauma for many that includes the attempted extermination of Native peoples, the abduction and enslavement of African peoples, the continued devaluing of Black life and the institutionalized racism and bigotry that confront those who are Black, Indigenous or people of color. Columbus should be considered the progenitor of white supremacy. Let us remember him for that.

To be clear: Columbus is famous because he was a thief. He took resources, lands, personal belongings and many lives. He abducted human beings. He stole the futures of countless people. That was his impact.

On the side of his fountain, not far from the depiction of Columbus perched above a forlorn Native man, the memorial inscription proclaims that he “gave mankind a new world.” Here, mankind is exclusively White, Christian and European — it is explicit on whose behalf his quest was made. The world he discovered was not new. It was old and home to many families and distinct cultural communities.

Anyone who does not find all of the above utterly obvious does not deserve to call themselves American.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on October 22, 2020, 03:51:12 pm
https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/10/19/uk-city-change-statues-which-over-celebrated-empire-christianity-great-white-men/

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“I was surprised there were so few people wanted any change…  only 10 per cent wanted some active change. I know thousands did not [respond] but we had to take it that they were happy with the status quo,” Lowe told the YEP, perhaps more perturbed than she appeared to let on.
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“It comes as no surprise, therefore, that when given the courtesy of being asked, the vast majority of the British public do not want monuments to be torn down or even altered slightly. It is a tiny minority of metropolitan liberals who want to project their bizarre and destructive world view on the rest of us,” Harris-Quinney continued.

Did I ever mention that democracy is the problem?
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on October 24, 2020, 12:02:57 am
https://www.al.com/news/2020/10/confederate-monument-in-huntsville-removed-overnight.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvDgaTDjGDg

I vastly prefer the removals where the statues are shattered on the spot, though.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on October 24, 2020, 11:53:14 pm
Our enemies report our success:

https://vdare.com/posts/the-war-on-whites-and-white-heritage-has-arrived-in-chile

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The war on white heritage is afoot across Latin America. My father's homeland, Chile is no exception. The main target has been Pedro de Valdivia, Chile's foremost "founding conquistador." Every corner of Chile has something named for him: a street, a bridge, a school, a plaza, etc. And there is no shortage of statues, murals, and busts of him, either.

Here's a photo of a "Valdivia felling" in Concepción—the third largest city in the country and the de facto capital of the Chilean south.

(https://www.elciudadanoweb.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/PEDRO-DE-VALDIVIA.jpg)
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The tweet reads:

    #Valdivia / ONE OF LIFE'S PARADOXES: Marchers make off with the bust of Pedro de Valdivia, taken from Pedro de Valdivia Plaza, then threw the bust off of Pedro de Valdivia Bridge into the Valdivia River, in the city of Valdivia.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on November 13, 2020, 01:31:00 pm
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/11/us/fairfax-confederate-monuments-courthouse-trnd/index.html

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(CNN)A collection of Confederate monuments, markers and weaponry that has long stood outside the courthouse in Fairfax County, Virginia, is no longer on display.

Fairfax County Commissioner Jeff McKay confirmed the county has removed and will relocate the items in a tweet earlier this month.

In a follow-up tweet, McKay revealed their immediate fate: A Virginia Department of Historic Resources marker will be returned to the state, a John Quincy Marr monument will be given to the Stuart Mosby Historical Society, and the Dahlgren howitzers -- a type of gun used for firing shells -- will be given to Manassas National Battlefield Park.

"We started today with a Fairfax County that better reflects our values," McKay said.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on November 25, 2020, 03:48:36 am
Another victory:

https://www.coloradopolitics.com/legislature/sand-creek-massacre-statue-to-replace-toppled-civil-war-soldier-at-colorado-state-capitol/article_b92ea412-2b94-11eb-8f82-57954d09ec04.html

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After years of back and forth, the statue of a grieving American Indian mother will have a home in a prime location on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol.
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The Sand Creek Massacre is one of the most controversial chapters in Colorado’s history.

Two hundred and thirty Cheyenne and Arapahoe, mostly women, elderly and children, were slaughtered on Nov. 29, 1864, when volunteers from the First and Third Colorado Cavalry regiments ambushed them at sun-up. The 700 Cheyenne and Arapaho who gathered there had been promised a peaceful existence by the government. After the attack, the Army soldiers burned the camp and took trophies from the bodies, which they displayed in a parade through Denver, where they were initially hailed as conquerors.
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“They were wiped out,” Otto Braided Hair, of the Northern Cheyenne and a descendant of Sand Creek survivors, told the committee. “Their voices are no longer heard. Their wishes and concerns were no longer heard. Those are the people we speak for.”

NEVER FORGIVE. NEVER FORGET.

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The decision to replace a generic Civil War statue with an acknowledgment of the massacre took just an hour and a half. But for the tribes whose ancestors experienced Sand Creek, it’s been 136 years.

Hopefully it will not take another 136 years before Western civilization dies. Because quite honestly we don't have that long:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-right/if-western-civilization-does-not-die-soon/
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on December 02, 2020, 04:37:33 pm
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8989297/Wales-identifies-200-statues-roads-buildings-links-slave-trade.html

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More than 200 statues, streets and buildings in Wales named after historic Britons have been identified as having connections to the slave trade, according to a Welsh government-ordered audit.
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    13 monuments, buildings, or street names commemorating people who took part in the African slave trade.
    56 monuments, buildings, or street names commemorating people who owned or directly benefited from plantations or mines worked by the enslaved.
    120 monuments, buildings, or street names commemorating people who opposed abolition of the slave trade or slavery.
    20 monuments, buildings, or street names commemorating people accused of crimes against black people, notably in colonial Africa.
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Francis Drake: Three streets named after him.

Thomas Picton: Four monuments, five buildings and 30 streets.

Lord Nelson: Seven monuments, six buildings and 18 streets.

King William IV: Five buildings and seven streets.

Winston Churchill: Two buildings and 13 streets.

Duke of Wellington: Two monuments, 14 buildings and 32 streets.

William Gladstone: Three monuments, five places, 26 streets.

Robert Peel: One street.

George Canning: One street.

Cecil Rhodes: One street.

So when will they go down?
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on December 08, 2020, 01:53:02 am
https://us.yahoo.com/news/virginia-military-institute-removing-confederate-132916649.html

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LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Military Institute removed a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson on Monday, a project initiated this fall after allegations of systemic racism roiled the public college.
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The statue was given to VMI in 1912 by its sculptor, Sir Moses Ezekiel, VMI’s first Jewish cadet and a veteran of the Battle of New Market, VMI said in a news release.

Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on December 17, 2020, 10:38:51 pm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/barbara-johns-lee-statue-capitol/2020/12/16/68d39534-3fcd-11eb-8db8-395dedaaa036_story.html

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RICHMOND — A statue of a Black teenage girl who dared challenge segregation in Virginia schools could soon stand beside George Washington in the U.S. Capitol.

Barbara Rose Johns, who as a 16-year-old in 1951 led a protest of poor learning conditions for Black students in Farmville and helped dismantle school segregation nationwide, has been chosen by an advisory commission to replace Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee as one of two figures representing Virginia in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on December 19, 2020, 11:06:19 pm
It's happening!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUCqSFPGrXw
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on December 24, 2020, 10:33:05 pm
Christmas victories:

https://www.nola.com/news/courts/article_486698fc-456b-11eb-b7c8-57bde572d9f2.html

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The bronze statue of Edward Douglass White Jr., until recently the only Louisianan ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court but one who fought for the Confederacy and upheld racial segregation laws, disappeared Wednesday from its pedestal on the steps of the state Supreme Court building in New Orleans.
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White, a Louisiana native who died in 1921, fought as a teenager for the South in the Civil War and afterward took part in the Battle of Liberty Place, an armed White supremacist uprising that in 1874 briefly wrested control of New Orleans from the Reconstruction-era government. His tenure on the U.S. Supreme Court, from 1894 until his death, saw him vote in the majority in Plessy v. Ferguson and several other infamous decisions upholding Jim Crow racial segregation and stripping Black Americans of civil rights.
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White grew up in a prominent Thibodaux family of slaveholding sugar planters. His father and namesake, Edward Douglass White Sr., was governor of Louisiana from 1835 to 1839 and served nine years in Congress.
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"We’re happy to see that it's no longer in public view but also disappointed they would have the temerity to put it inside to try to satisfy those who want to celebrate its White supremacist history," said Malcolm Suber, one of the leaders of the activist group Take 'Em Down NOLA. "We don’t think he should be honored in any kind of way, so we will continue our fight."
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A separate statue of White in the U.S. Capitol in Washington also has also been slated for possible removal. In July, the House of Representatives voted by a wide margin to boot statues and busts of numerous prominent Confederates and other proponents of slavery — a list that included White, although the details of his military service are hazy — from the building.

I like Suber's attitude.

And then there's this:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/nc-supreme-court-remove-portrait-143352155.html

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The North Carolina Supreme Court has announced plans to remove the portrait of Thomas Ruffin, a former chief justice who was a slave owner, from one of its walls.
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Ruffin, who owned slaves in the 1800s and served on the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1829 to 1852, firmly believed owners held absolute power over those whom they enslaved. He once wrote slave owners should not be convicted of assault or battery against their human property.
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Earlier this year, a smaller portrait of Ruffin was removed from another courthouse, as was his statue from the entrance of the state’s Court of Appeals building, which was once named after him.

Ruffin has been described as “particularly brutal in his ownership of slaves.” During his time serving on the North Carolina high court, he overturned the conviction of a slave owner named John Mann, who shot a female slave after she refused his orders.

According to the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, “In that case, in which an enslaved woman had been shot in the back after fleeing a brutal whipping, Ruffin rejected the notion that a slave owner could be guilty of assault or battery of an enslaved person, writing, ‘The power of the master must be absolute to render the submission of the slave perfect … This discipline belongs to the state of slavery.’”

Destroying Homo Hubris is what Christmas should be about:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPyjZoHdVWQ
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on January 12, 2021, 02:21:02 am
Another small victory:

https://www.masslive.com/politics/2021/01/massachusetts-lawmakers-pass-bill-that-takes-steps-to-change-state-seal-and-motto-following-decades-of-protests-from-indigenous-activists.html

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After years of protests and testimony from Native American residents, Massachusetts lawmakers passed a bill in the final minutes of the legislative session that takes a step toward changing the state seal and motto.
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In its current form, the state seal shows a hand holding the sword over the head of a Native American with the Latin motto the translates to, “by the sword we seek peace.” The sword symbolizes Myles Standish, an English militia leader in the 1600s who attacked Native American settlements.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on January 13, 2021, 10:18:05 pm
A reminder of the importance of statues for morale:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/black-troops-defending-us-capitol-172136364.html

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Black troops defending the US Capitol from pro-Trump rioters took a moment to snap a photo with Rosa Parks' statue

(https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/BpssEN7qmQgnPzCxqqelxA--/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTcwNTtoPTM1Mi41/https://s.yimg.com/uu/api/res/1.2/Y3nAE.vihC8uID0jyblG3w--~B/aD01MDA7dz0xMDAwO2FwcGlkPXl0YWNoeW9u/https://media.zenfs.com/en/business_insider_articles_888/6f14dbf744f2069a407d263c966777fc)
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on January 20, 2021, 10:53:20 pm
Our enemies are far from defeated:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/statues-racism-colonialism-protection-b1788509.html

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The government plans on introducing new legal protections for statues linked to colonialism and racism, with a minister saying the UK should not try to edit or censor its history.

Robert Jenrick, the communities secretary, said decisions to take down heritage assets in England will need both planning permission and a consultation with local communities to go ahead.

We must not be deterred. The fact that they see such importance in preserving the statues is the best confirmation we need about why they must be toppled.

More from our enemies:

https://www.eurocanadian.ca/2021/01/war-on-past-hamilton-could-remove-canadas-oldest-john-macdonald-statue.html
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: guest5 on January 20, 2021, 11:34:52 pm
How did we miss this one? (Or did I miss it in the comments?)

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e8/Albert_Pike_Memorial_vandalism_2.jpg/1280px-Albert_Pike_Memorial_vandalism_2.jpg)

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Albert Pike (December 29, 1809 – April 2, 1891) was an American author, poet, orator, editor, lawyer, jurist, and prominent member of the Freemasons who served as an associate justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court from 1864 until the surrender of the Trans-Mississippi Department in May 1865. Before his appointment, Pike was a senior officer of the Confederate States Army who commanded the District of Indian Territory in the Trans-Mississippi Theater of the American Civil War.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Pike
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on January 21, 2021, 11:12:06 pm
Another one down!

https://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/local/gwinnett-commissioners-vote-to-remove-controversial-confederate-monument-put-it-in-storage/article_5a602cd6-5a23-11eb-8bfc-33ca21836542.html

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A controversial Confederate monument that has stood on the grounds of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse for nearly 30 years is coming down.

County commissioners voted to remove the monument and put it in storage — officially to ensure its preservation during a legal battle — on Tuesday afternoon. It’s a legal maneuver to get the monument off the Lawrenceville Square while getting around a state law designed to protect Confederate monuments and keep them in place by saying incidents of vandalism in the last year have warranted steps to protect the marker.

Title: Re: Monetary Wealth
Post by: guest5 on January 26, 2021, 12:54:20 am
Harriet Tubman $20 Bill in the Works Under Biden Admin
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The Biden admin confirmed that Harriet Tubman will be on the $20 bill, picking up where the Obama White House left off.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkU8-DS9Qas
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on January 27, 2021, 10:47:48 pm
Well played!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/virginia-lawmakers-vote-to-remove-statue-of-segregationist/2021/01/22/6a2803c6-5ccd-11eb-a849-6f9423a75ffd_story.html

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RICHMOND, Va. — A panel of Virginia legislators advanced a bill Friday to remove a statue of Harry F. Byrd Sr., a staunch segregationist, from the state Capitol grounds.

The decision came amid a yearslong effort in history-rich Virginia to rethink who is honored in the state’s public spaces. Byrd, a Democrat, served as governor and U.S. senator. He ran the state’s most powerful political machine for decades until his death in 1966 and was considered the architect of the state’s racist “massive resistance” policy to public school integration.

“It is my deep belief that monuments to segregation, massive resistance, and the subjugation of one race below another, like this statue, serve only as a reminder to the overt and institutional racism that has and continues to plague our Commonwealth,” the bill’s sponsor, Del. Jay Jones, said when introducing the measure.
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Rita Davis, counselor to the governor, spoke on behalf of the administration Friday.

“Had Mr. Byrd had his way, I would never have the opportunity to be before you because I am Black,” she said. “Certain members of the General Assembly would never be able to serve because they’re not white.”

She said the question before the committee was “not whether we should remove Mr. Byrd’s statue from Capitol Square, but rather, why on earth would we keep it in Capitol Square?”
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In an unusual twist, a similar measure to remove the Byrd statue was filed last year by a freshman Republican lawmaker.

Republican Del. Wendell Walker introduced the bill, apparently with the aim of needling Democrats who were pushing for the removal of Confederate monuments, saying “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”

But when met with agreement from across the aisle on removing the statue, Walker asked that the bill be killed

The lesson to be learned: always proudly embrace rightist accusations that we hate Western civilization. To paraphrase Davis, the question is not whether Western civilization should die, but why on earth would we keep Western civilization alive?
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on January 30, 2021, 11:32:15 pm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/29/tributes-to-slave-traders-and-colonialists-removed-across-uk

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Scores of tributes to slave traders, colonialists and racists have been taken down or will be removed across the UK, a Guardian investigation has found, with hundreds of others under review by local authorities and institutions.

In what was described by historians as an “unprecedented” public reckoning with Britain’s slavery and colonial past, an estimated 39 names – including streets, buildings and schools – and 30 statues, plaques and other memorials have been or are undergoing changes or removal since last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests.
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There are also audits and reviews under way into monuments and landmarks across the the country.

In November, the Welsh government identified 209 monuments, buildings or street names linked with slavery. The first minister, Mark Drakeford, said the audit was part of “a much bigger piece of work” that would consider how the nation moves forward.

Similar reviews have been commissioned by Glasgow city council, which predates the Black Lives Matter protests, and by the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, on the capital’s landmarks, and 130 Labour-led councils across the country, including the cities of Manchester and Birmingham. The Guardian data does not yet include the vast majority of iconographies being investigated in these reviews.
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“If the government is really concerned about inequality and racism, they would be the first to say yes, let’s put these statues in a special museum dedicated to crimes against humanity and stop glorifying people publicly.

“But they take the opposite view. So then you have to question everything they say about wanting a more just and equal society, a society without racism, because it’s just hypocrisy.”
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on February 02, 2021, 09:20:02 pm
Another!

https://oklahoman.com/article/5681122/occc-removes-land-run-monument

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“It was a no-brainer,” Rose said in a statement. “If our goal is to create a community that is inclusive and welcoming to everyone, a monument that depicts cruelty and oppression can’t be on display here.”
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“We have always agreed with those who felt the monument was offensive and had no place on our campus,” said OCCC interim President Jeremy Thomas in a statement. “It does not accurately represent history, and it does not accurately reflect the respect, empathy and admiration we have for the true pioneers of this land: the indigenous people of this country. As soon as we were in a position to take it down, we did.”
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on February 10, 2021, 11:24:22 pm
And on we go:

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/07/us/georgia-confederate-statues-moved/index.html

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2 Confederate statues were removed in Georgia within 3 days
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https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2021/02/10/londons-khan-unveils-star-studded-blm-inspired-commission-to-target-statues/

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Leftist Mayor of London Sadiq Khan unveiled a Black Lives Matter inspired ‘diversity’ commission on Tuesday, which will review all historical monuments in the British capital.
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Mr Khan’s fifteen-member commission includes Pakistani-British Star Wars actor Riz Ahmed, who has previously suggested that a lack of diversity on television and in film could lead teenagers to join ISIS.

The commission also includes social rights activist Toyin Agbetu, who gained national attention in 2007 after he confronted the Queen and then-Prime Minister Tony Blair at an event celebrating the end of slavery, a practice the United Kingdom with its Royal Navy had worked to stamp out.

Busting into Westminster Abbey, Agbetu shouted: “You should be ashamed. We should not be here. This is an insult to us,” adding: “You, the Queen, should be ashamed!”

What, you think an undead being like Windsor is even capable of feeling sincere remorse?
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on February 13, 2021, 09:55:56 pm
More victories:

https://richmond.com/news/presbyterian-seminary-demolishes-historic-richmond-home-of-confederate-surgeon-i-am-not-sorry-hunter-mcguires/article_c71fcbe4-8200-550e-bd32-34c55c70bb82.html

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Inspired by the removal of Confederate statuary on Monument Avenue last summer, Union Presbyterian Seminary last month demolished the historic country home of a Confederate surgeon who served under Stonewall Jackson.
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McGuire was a Confederate doctor, teacher and former president of the American Medical Association who held deeply racist views. He opposed voting rights for African Americans and any mention of slavery as a cause of the Civil War in school textbooks. The Veterans Affairs medical center in South Richmond is named after him.
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 McGuire’s legacy of racism and that of the Medical College of Virginia, which used the stolen remains of Black people for studies and experimentation a century ago, cannot be neglected.

“Even a rare old architectural specimen whose core structure may date to the [late] 1700s is not sacrosanct in the face of reckoning that the memories of eugenicists and white supremacists like Dr. Hunter McGuire must now face,” she said. “He hated Black people and believed their highest and best usefulness was in submission and servitude to the white race. He and his peers worked very hard to ensure Black people’s lives were as constrained as possible.

“I am not sorry Hunter McGuire’s old house is gone.”

https://sanjosespotlight.com/san-jose-leaders-agree-thomas-fallon-statue-must-be-removed/

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After residents demanded for decades the Thomas Fallon statue, seen as a symbol of oppression by many, be taken from its lofty perch in the center of downtown San Jose, a key panel agreed.

The Rules and Open Government Committee of the San Jose City Council, which sets future City Council agendas, voted unanimously Wednesday to remove the statue.

Following a passionate community meeting last month, Mayor Sam Liccardo said he realized the depth of the pain this public art created for residents. Days later, Liccardo called for the statue’s removal. In a memo to the City Council, the mayor said the statue symbolized the white conquest of Mexican and indigenous communities.
Title: Re: Western Civilization is UGLY
Post by: rp on February 19, 2021, 09:53:37 pm
Truly a spectacle to behold:
https://youtu.be/JDu8yDWElC8
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on February 19, 2021, 10:13:00 pm
The same must happen to every Trump building.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on March 09, 2021, 11:39:28 pm
Another one:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/tennessee-remove-monument-kkk-leader-015757207.html

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The Tennessee Historical Commission on Tuesday voted 25-1 in favor of removing the bust of Ku Klux Klan leader and Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest from the state Capitol, per the Tennessean.

Why it matters: "This is the first time the state has contemplated the removal of a monument or statue in the capitol under the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act," the state's Lt. Gov. Randy McNally said in a statement sharing his concerns over the precedent, per News Channel 3.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: rp on March 13, 2021, 04:17:56 am
"undead being like Windsor"
I genuinely believe people like her have access to experimental life extension technology.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on March 16, 2021, 10:36:04 pm
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/story/2021-03-09/san-diego-unified-changes-name-of-junipero-serra-high-school-conquistador-mascot-after-students-said-they-were

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San Diego Unified’s Junipero Serra High School will now be called Canyon Hills High School after students successfully petitioned for the name change, saying that the name of the founder of California’s mission system is offensive to indigenous peoples whose ancestors were subjected to its doctrine.

On Tuesday night, the San Diego Unified School Board unanimously voted for the name change and to change the school’s mascot from a conquistador to a rattlesnake, or a “Rattler.”

Students who started the name and mascot change effort said it’s offensive and racist to have a conquistador as a mascot because it represents the Spanish colonization of the Americas, during which Spanish conquerors carried out a genocide of indigenous peoples, killing millions by disease and by force. Serra was the founder of California’s mission system, which assimilated indigenous people to Catholicism and Spanish culture and was a key strategy of Spanish colonization.

“The mascot and Serra himself are tied to the oppression of native peoples, and we shouldn’t be glorifying a mascot like the conquistador with all the violence,” said Charlotte Taila, a Canyon Hills High junior who started a petition last summer to change the mascot. “We shouldn’t be cheering for conquistadors when there’s nothing to be celebrated.”

Exactly. We should also start thinking about how to get their bloodlines out of the gene pool.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on March 22, 2021, 01:22:30 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXbcaRFyLRY
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: guest5 on March 23, 2021, 06:08:55 pm
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Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on March 26, 2021, 10:36:09 pm
Remember, holidays count as statues:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexico-marks-anniversary-1517-spanish-220000668.html

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Mexico marks anniversary of 1517 Spanish defeat

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico marked the anniversary of the first serious defeat suffered by Spanish conquistadores on Mexican soil Thursday, amid the 500th anniversary commemorations of the 1519-1521 Conquest.

The March 25, 1517 battle of Champotón actually pre-dated the arrival of conquistador Hernán Cortés two years later.

The 1517 expedition led by Francisco Hernandez de Córdoba sailed around the Yucatán peninsula and landed at Champotón, on Mexico’s Gulf coast, looking for fresh water. They were met by Chontal Maya Indigenous warriors who attacked the Europeans, inflicting wounds that eventually killed about 50 Spaniards, including Hernández de Córdoba.

Known by the Spaniards as “the Bad Battle,” Mexico now wants to call it “The Good Battle," similar to the approach the government has taken in renaming famous Conquest sites originally named by Spaniards.

For example, the tree that marked a famous defeat of Cortés in 1520 was known as the Tree of the Sad Night, but Mexico City officials now call it the Tree of the Victorious Night.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador presided over a ceremony and a re-enactment marking the 504th anniversary of the battle, accompanied by Bolivian President Luís Arce.

“Honor to all our Indigenous brothers who gave their lives for the sovereignty of our territory,” Arce said.

López Obrador said “this ceremony is an homage to the anonymous heroes of the Indigenous resistance who resisted as long as they could the three centuries of oppression under the colonial regime.”

(https://www.mattorton.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/SpanishFlagBurning.jpg)

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1b/Imperio_Espa%C3%B1ol_%281714-1800%29.png/800px-Imperio_Espa%C3%B1ol_%281714-1800%29.png)

The most important point to emphasize is that Spanish (and Portugese) colonialism would never have happened in the first place if only the Iberian peninsula had remained Andalus. Therefore all former victims of Spanish (and Portugese) colonialism should feel gratitude and fellowship towards Islam. After Andalus fell, this is what happened to the world:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e3/Iberian_mare_clausum_claims.svg/800px-Iberian_mare_clausum_claims.svg.png)

NEVER FORGIVE. NEVER FORGET.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: guest5 on March 30, 2021, 12:40:10 am
Good for Mexico and Mexico city! This is awesome!  :)
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on March 30, 2021, 10:17:58 pm
A new milestone:

https://greensboro.com/confederate-monument-honoring-former-north-carolina-governor-will-be-destroyed/article_cad6bd84-9099-11eb-a2b0-77ec0312d9ab.html

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Last week, Asheville city leaders voted to take down the Vance Monument, which honors former Gov. Zebulon Vance, a white supremacist. It has stood since 1897 at a downtown site.

The City Council’s decision paves the way for destroying the 75-foot obelisk — a marked change from plans for other Confederate monuments across the state that are being stored or moved rather than demolished.

Previously we relied on activists destroying statues before authorities could relocate them. This is the first case where authorities agree to destroy a statue. This precedent can now (and should!) be cited as an example when discussing what to do with other colonial-era statues.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on April 07, 2021, 10:25:53 pm
Down goes another!

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-statue-removed-20210406-yhvbet6t2jdarfvt4y2zalwin4-story.html

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A statue dedicated in 1980 to Capt. John O’Donnell, an Irish-born merchant who enslaved people on his plantation in Canton, was removed Monday night by Baltimore City.

Mayor Brandon Scott, who ordered the removal, said it was a “historical moment” but far from the last in a city with no shortage of monuments, streets and schools named for people with oppressive legacies. He pledged to work with the city administrator to establish an official process for reviewing “these cruel monuments while continuing to promote equitable policies to right yesterday’s wrongs.”
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Scott thanked the Canton Anti-Racism Alliance for its persistence and continuous work in “building an inclusive Baltimore.”
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on April 22, 2021, 10:12:14 pm
Another win:

https://www.opb.org/article/2021/04/15/billy-frank-jr-in-marcus-whitman-out-as-part-of-us-capitol-statue-swap/

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Marcus Whitman and his wife Narcissa helped lead one of the first wagon trains into the Oregon Country in 1836. The establishment of the Whitman Mission in the Walla Walla Valley — followed by his family's death about a decade later during an attack by a Cayuse band — ushered in waves of additional settlers and then soldiers, all of which upended the lifeways of the indigenous people.
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The existing Whitman statue in Walla Walla has been repeatedly vandalized with graffiti and red paint and is the target of an ongoing campaign to be removed. An online petition asserts that the monument celebrates "a history of racialized oppression" and is unworthy of civic honor.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on May 05, 2021, 12:20:04 am
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/hawaii-close-honoring-juneteenth-leaving-1-state-holdout-n1265564

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HONOLULU — Hawaii was poised to become the 49th state to recognize Juneteenth after the House and Senate on Tuesday passed legislation designating June 19 as a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.

If Hawaii’s governor signs the bill, South Dakota would be the only remaining state that doesn’t recognize the day as either a state holiday or a day of observance. South Dakota’s Senate passed a measure earlier this year that would observe the day, but the bill didn’t make it through the House.

Almost there! More Demographic Blueshift will get us there for sure!
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on May 10, 2021, 01:21:48 am
Another:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/protesters-topple-statue-bogota-123312794.html

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The statue of conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada was pulled down as tensions simmered in the capital, with hundreds of people march through the streets.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonzalo_Jim%C3%A9nez_de_Quesada

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His father, Luis Jiménez de Quesada,[5] was a hidalgo relative of Gonzalo Francisco de Cordoba, and he had two well-known distant cousins, the conquistadores of Mexico and Peru respectively: Hernán Cortés and Francisco Pizarro. He had three younger brothers; Hernán and Francisco, who also were conquistadors, and Melchor, and a sister, Andrea.[6]
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The psihipqua Bogotá, ruled in Muyquytá; the other, the hoa Eucaneme, ruled in Hunza. Taking advantage of a war between the two chiefdoms, Quesada's force subdued Muyquytá and then successfully attacked Hunza. At this point it was time to establish a settlement so that the earth itself might properly belong to De Quesada and his men. They chose a spot next to the towering peaks of the east, where the land was high and the rains would quickly run off, where the mountains would protect them from attackers and the jungles below. Quesada placed his right foot on the bare earth and said simply, "I take possession of this land in the name of the most sovereign emperor, Charles V."

We are taking it back!
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on May 16, 2021, 10:14:50 pm
Encouragement:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57124887

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Biden revokes Trump order to punish statue vandals
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Mr Trump issued an order in June 2020 instructing the federal government "to prosecute to the fullest extent" any person "that destroys, damages, vandalizes, or desecrates a monument, memorial, or statue".

The proclamation - which singled out "rioters, arsonists and left-wing extremists" - was a popular talking point for the Republican president at his rallies.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on May 21, 2021, 11:50:31 pm
Back to Stone Mountain:

https://archive.is/4qYCf

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there’s nothing quite like Georgia’s Stone Mountain, a giant outcropping of granite in the suburbs of Atlanta that bears a three-acre carving of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson on horseback. The question of what to do with this very deliberately constructed tribute to those who tried to overthrow the U.S. government in defense of slavery is unavoidable.
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All this history is coming to a head next week when the board of the state authority that manages Stone Mountain Park will meet to consider proposals to deal with the giant embarrassment.

The board is not expected to endorse the simple idea embraced by many civil-rights activists, including 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams: to sandblast the carving right off the mountainside. Governor Brian Kemp, who narrowly defeated Abrams in 2018 and will likely face a rematch with her next year, has opposed such measures. In a tweet two years ago, Kemp said, “I will protect Stone Mountain and historical monuments in Georgia from the radical left. We should learn from the past - not attempt to re-write it.” But even Kemp now seems defensive about the monstrosity, appointing a Black minister as chairman of the park’s board.

More than likely, the board will propose “contextualizing” the carving with exhibits on the whole history of its planning, development, and dedication, while also getting rid of some of the park’s antebellum trappings that make the whole place feel like the set of Gone With the Wind. In other words, an effort will be made to “learn from the past,” which kind of misses the point the carving loudly tries to make that the past really isn’t past at all.

As it happens, I spent a good chunk of my life near Stone Mountain, or passing it on the way to Athens, and always regarded the carving as an ugly monument not to the Confederacy but to the determination of white conservative Georgians to ensure its hateful legacy lived on and on. Perhaps the state should take a page from the demolition of the Berlin Wall and give Georgians the opportunity to wield a sledgehammer or a laser and do some damage to the carving as a sort of spiritual reparation. Anything would be better than pretending this mammoth exhibit represented an innocent effort to honor the dead.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on May 24, 2021, 10:13:43 pm
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/may/20/cecil-rhodes-statue-will-not-be-removed-for-now-says-oxford-oriel-college

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Campaigners and politicians have condemned the University of Oxford for backtracking on its previous decision to remove a statue of the British imperialist Cecil Rhodes and ignore the views of an independent commission.

Now all of Oxford will have to be demolished.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 01, 2021, 10:18:41 pm
Down goes Macdonald!

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-john-a-statue-removed-charlottetown-1.6047595

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Charlottetown city council voted unanimously Monday to remove the Sir John A. Macdonald statue permanently from Victoria Row in the downtown of Prince Edward Island's capital.

The resolution came in light of the discovery that local Indigenous leaders in B.C. believe to be the remains of 215 children on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops.
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His role in setting up the schools has made him a target for anger over their legacy of abuse, cultural alienation and sometimes death.
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Macdonald's government introduced residential schools in 1883 to remove Indigenous children from their families and prevent them from growing up amid "savages," Macdonald was recorded as saying in the House of Commons.
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For decades before, Indigenous leaders have said thousands of children were never heard from again after leaving home to attend the schools.

Survivors have spoken of residences where malnutrition and severe illness were common, and friends would sometimes vanish without explanation. Gould said the discourse around the statue and Macdonald's legacy has changed since the discovery of the children's remains.

"The story that we've been telling quietly, it's slowly being unsilenced," he said. "Now that it's out there and it's not just a story passed on by somebody's grandparents or they once heard this about this, it's a fact."

Remember, compulsory schooling is an exclusively Western institution. All of us are direct victims of this violence. And new generations of children will continue to be subjected to the same violence until Western civilization is fully killed.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 03, 2021, 09:57:23 pm
https://apnews.com/article/tennessee-race-and-ethnicity-8ec48e4881368beb45a84dffb3b7d5be

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Workers arrived at a Tennessee park Tuesday to begin the process of digging up the remains of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and moving the former slave trader’s body from its longtime resting place in Memphis to a museum hundreds of miles away.

Crews prepared to remove the graves of Forrest and his wife from Health Sciences Park in Memphis’ busy medical district. The park used to bear the name of the early Ku Klux Klan leader and feature a statue of the cavalryman on a horse, but the name has been changed and the statue removed in recent years.

Workers must dismantle the statue’s pedestal before they can disinter the Forrests’ remains and move them to a Confederate museum in Middle Tennessee. A heavy crane was positioned nearby as workers began taking apart the pedestal Tuesday. The entire process could take weeks.
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Forrest sold slaves in Memphis and served in the Confederate army as a cavalry general. In April 1864, Forrest’s troops attacked Fort Pillow in northwest Tennessee and killed 200 to 300 Union soldiers, most of them Black.

Forrest was later accused of massacring the Union soldiers. Questions linger about whether they were killed as they tried to surrender. Northern newspaper reports referred to the battle as an atrocity.

Historians say he later became an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan, though some of Forrest’s supporters dispute that. Forrest’s critics call him a violent racist.
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The park where Forrest was buried has been the site of protests associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. Activists have long called for the removal of both the statue and the remains. The words “Black Lives Matter” have been painted in yellow by activists on a walkway surrounding the tomb.

They should find the skull and stick it on the top of the flagpole of a BLM flag.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 07, 2021, 09:50:23 pm
Beheading statues increase morale:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM5Bo-5qZL0
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 09, 2021, 04:49:43 am
We have reached the Windsors!

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/queen-elizabeth-iis-portrait-pulled-010837144.html

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Britain's conservatives in government and the media got their knickers in a twist Tuesday after reports emerged that graduate students at Magdalen College at Oxford removed a 1952 photo portrait of Queen Elizabeth II from a common room as an unwelcome symbol of "recent colonial history."

According to Guido Fawkes, the rightwing website published by political blogger Paul Staines, who broke the news, a committee of students, many of them international students, voted by a substantial majority to take the portrait down from the Middle Common Room wall, and to explore replacing it with “art by or of other influential and inspirational people.”
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"Queen becomes latest victim of cancel culture," yelped the headline in The Telegraph, a favorite broadsheet of the Tories.

"How dare they! Oxford students cancel our queen!" shouted The Daily Express.

"Absurd," sputtered Gavin Williamson, the member of Parliament who serves as education secretary in the Conservative government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

On Twitter, the outrage was practically palpable. Samantha Smith, described in her Twitter bio as a contributor to The Spectator, the conservative political magazine, and to the New York Times, pointed out, correctly, that the widely admired 95-year-old queen pioneered anti-racism during the era of widespread segregation and apartheid.

One of her most important roles is head of the Commonwealth of nations, most of them former British colonies – and most with populations made up of people of color.

"Imagine trying to cancel the reigning monarch," Smith wrote.

We did:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-false-left/'royal'-family-hate-thread/

And it is now happening, albeit initially on a small scale. Hopefully this will eventually lead to more countries dropping Elizabeth as head of state.

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As in the United States, Britain is grappling with its history – including hundreds of years as a colonial and slave-trading power and the connection of both to the monarchy over the centuries. The difference is the Brits have hundreds of years more history to reckon with than the Yanks.

Yes, and Americans should try to actively blame Britain (or France, if appropriate) for all the pre-Revolution evils on US soil.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: guest5 on June 09, 2021, 10:54:03 pm
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Yes, and Americans should try to actively blame Britain (or France, if appropriate) for all the pre-Revolution evils on US soil.

France is sending a second Statue of Liberty to the US
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New Yorkers have a surprise gift to look forward to for this Independence Day: a second Statue of Liberty sent by France. This new bronze statue, nicknamed the "little sister," is one-sixteenth the size of the world-famous one that stands on Liberty Island.
https://www.cnn.com/style/article/statue-liberty-france-us-travel-lon-orig-mrg/index.html

 ;D
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 10, 2021, 01:49:08 pm
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/charlottesville-confederate-statues-removal/2021/06/07/ea741566-c7ca-11eb-a11b-6c6191ccd599_story.html

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RICHMOND — The Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously Monday night to remove statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from public parks, starting the clock ticking on the demise of monuments at the heart of the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in 2017.
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“It’s past time for those things to come down,” community leader Don Gathers said. Like many other speakers, he urged the city to move quickly and not to send the statues to another community.

Many mentioned that when neighboring Albemarle County removed a statue of a Confederate soldier from its courthouse last summer, the figure was relocated to a Civil War battlefield in the Shenandoah Valley.

“If my trash ends up in a neighbor’s yard, it’s still trash,” Gathers said. “Those things are like the Bat-Signal for white supremacists.”

This is what I have been saying. Merely relocating them makes no sense. Behead them all.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 15, 2021, 11:56:50 pm
Another good move by Lightfoot:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/chicago-mayor-changes-course-announces-233100704.html

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After initially saying it was too expensive, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced on Monday that Chicago will recognize Juneteenth as an official city holiday, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

“I, like many others, didn’t even know anything about Juneteenth until I was an adult. And that’s because it has never been treated with the reverence that it should be,” Lightfoot said at Chicago’s Daley Center Plaza on Monday.

“If you look at the history books that are used to teach our children, you may only see a passing reference, if at all. We must change that,” Lightfoot added. The city will start observing Juneteenth as an official holiday in 2022.

Last year, the Chicago City Council voted to recognize Juneteenth by making June 19 an annual day of observance, but the upgrade to an official city holiday will provide a paid day off.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 17, 2021, 12:14:04 am
https://www.vice.com/en/article/5dbd48/people-in-canada-are-cancelling-canada-day

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A major Canadian city and at least one First Nation have formally cancelled Canada Day because they don’t want to honour “attempted genocide” against Indigenous peoples. 

The decision follows Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation’s discovery of 215 undocumented children, including some as young as 3, buried under a former Catholic-run residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. There are likely many more sites like it across the country.

“The history of our country’s genocidal relationship with First Nations has been once again revealed in a way that is painful,” Victoria mayor Lisa Helps wrote in a motion, following consultations with Indigenous leaders.
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Victoria city council announced Thursday it voted unanimously to cancel its planned virtual celebration. The city will instead hold an event in September to highlight Indigenous stories and histories.

Keewaywin First Nation in Ontario also declared on Thursday that it will no longer recognize Canada’s birthday.

“Keewaywin First Nation calls on the federal government to carry out exhaustive investigations of all former residential school grounds across the country,” the First Nation’s statement says. “Until then, Keewaywin will mark Canada Day as a day of mourning.”

According to the statement, July 1 will be used to pay tribute to residential school student and their families and to “acknowledge the role the Canadian government and the churches played in the attempted genocide of Indigenous people.”
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It’s hardly the first time people have called on  government officials to cancel Canada Day. In 2017, as Canada geared up to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday—the official celebration in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, costing upwards of $500 million—Indigenous folks all over and their allies abstained from celebrating.

“The fact that half a billion dollars was found to throw the party is no surprise—however it does come as a shock to those communities without drinking water who have been historically told infrastructure is just too damn expensive in remote communities,” writer Ryan McMahon wrote at the time.
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Way back when Canada Day was still “Dominion Day,” Chinese people referred to it as “humiliation day” and boycotted the event because it landed on the same day that the exclusionary Chinese Immigration Act, which banned most Chinese immigration, passed in 1923.

Instead of Canada Day, Idle No More, an ongoing Indigenous justice movement, has announced several rallies taking place across the country to honour “all of the lives lost to the Canadian State—Indigenous lives, Black Lives, Migrant lives, Women and Trans and Two Spirit lives—all of the relatives that we have lost.”

“We refuse to sit idle while Canada’s violent history is celebrated,” Idle No More’s site says.

Reminder:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada

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The reigning monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who is also monarch of 15 other Commonwealth countries and each of Canada's 10 provinces. The person who is the Canadian monarch is the same as the British monarch

"Canada Day" = British Empire Day
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 17, 2021, 10:19:08 pm
Status reports:

https://news.sky.com/story/sky-news-research-finds-quarter-of-controversial-statues-removed-due-to-be-removed-or-under-review-since-edward-colston-monument-toppled-12326278

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Sky News contacted 44 councils in England, Wales and Scotland who share 84 controversial statues between them. All have been condemned for their ties to slavery and colonialism.

Of the 84 statues, 21 have been removed, are due to be removed or are under review since the statue of slave trader Colston was pulled down in Bristol last year.

Since the public toppling, a statue of slave dealer Robert Milligan was taken down by the local authority in the London Docklands - and the University of East London removed a statue of merchant and slave trader Sir John Cass.

It is now reviewing whether to drop his name from one of the campus buildings, whilst institutions like City University London have already dropped his name from one of theirs.

Cardiff Council has also voted to remove the statue of slaver and Waterloo war hero Sir Thomas Picton from the City Hall, but is waiting on the Welsh government for final approval.
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Among the monuments they will review and discuss are Scottish politician Henry Dundas, who "delayed the abolition of the slave trade to benefit slavers"
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Glasgow's review into statues and place names was already under way before the controversy began last year.

Members of the public there will be consulted on the future of statues in their city, such as 19th century military leader Field Marshal Frederick Roberts, who is accused of helping to set up concentration camps, and Sir John Moore, who participated in both the Royal African and East India Companies.

There is still a long way to go:

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Sky News heard from some of the councils who have kept their statues in place and have no plans to review their future.

In Plymouth, statues that have been deemed controversial have stayed put, but an additional slavery memorial has been installed to acknowledge the city's historic role in the transatlantic slave trade.

Some like Tavistock Town Council have kept their monument of Sir Francis Drake, but plans to install an information board next to the statue outlining the explorer's links to slavery are being explored.

Carmarthenshire County Council will likewise place information boards near the Sir Thomas Picton monument in Carmarthen with reference to Sir Thomas's military career as well as his links with slavery.
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When pressed on the statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Westminster, which last year was vandalised by demonstrators at one of the Black Lives Matter protests, Ms Emelife says the former prime minister's presence encourages questions and debate.

"I don't think it should be taken down at all," says the art historian.

This next status report is written by our enemies:

https://www.eurocanadian.ca/2021/06/the-abolition-of-canada.html

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    The Ryerson Journalism department renamed two of its publications, the Ryerson Review of Journalism magazine and the Ryersonian newspaper, previously bearing the name of Egerton Ryerson (1803-1882).

    A statue of Egerton Ryerson on the Ryerson university campus was doused with red paint. The wall behind it was covered with graffiti, some of which told white Canadians to “go back to where you came from” and declared that the activists “hate all colonizers”. There were no arrests.

    A petition on change.org was started by Maaz Khan calling for the statue of Egerton Ryerson to be removed. At the time of publication the petition had 10,158 signatures.

    The City Council of Charlottetown voted unanimously to remove the statue of John A. Macdonald. It was removed at 6:30 in the morning of June 1st. All that remains is a plaque and a concrete pad with some red paint still on it from when the statue was last vandalized (no arrests were made for the vandalism).

    Cam Galindo, a trustee for Hamilton’s school board, is calling for Ryerson Elementary school to be renamed and has filed a motion to formally reconsider the names of all schools named after historic Canadians. Galindo declared that “all school names must reflect human rights, decolonization, anti-racism and anti-oppression principles”.

    Global News has reported that there are calls for all schools in Ontario named after Egerton Ryerson to be renamed.

    The Yellowhead institute, an aboriginal think tank at Ryerson University, has begun to use the name ‘University X’ as a protest to remove Egerton Ryerson’s name from the university. The Yellowhead institute declared that they are fighting “racist narratives that continue to oppress Black, indigenous, and racialized people generally”.

    Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi called upon the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Catholic School District to change the name of Langevin School and Bishop Grandin School.

    The Calgary Board of Education has renamed Langevin elementary School, named after Hector-Louis Langevin (1826-1906).

    Edmonton Catholic Schools is reviewing the name of Grandin Catholic Elementary School, named after Bishop Vital-Justin Grandin (1829-1902).

    Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman has decided to rename Bishop Grandin street. He has also created a committee to remove and rename “historical markers and place names” and “resolve the absence of Indigenous perspectives & contributions in the stories remembered/commemorated”.

    Three Ottawa councillors have called for the renaming of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway.

    Grandin Fish and Chips in Edmonton is being renamed.

    Edmonton’s Mayor, Don Iveson, has decided to rename Grandin LRT station. A mural of Bishop Grandin within the LRT station will be covered in orange. The new name of the station will have to contribute to “reconciliation”. All civic signs in Edmonton bearing Grandin’s name will also be renamed.

    Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson has also declared that he is working to rename all place names celebrating past Canadians who “no longer reflect our diverse and inclusive community values”.

    The City of Edmonton has decided to rename the Oliver neighbourhood, named after Frank Oliver (1853-1933).

    Trustees at Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools have formed an ad hoc committee to review the names of all schools in the division including Vital Grandin Catholic School.

    Hamilton Bike Share has removed the name Ryerson from one of its recreation hubs.

    A portrait and bust of Egerton Ryerson has been removed from outside Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath's office at her request. It is now in storage.

    A school meeting will discuss the potential renaming of Ryerson Public School in London, Ontario.

    Calls are growing to remove the giant statue of John A. Macdonald statue in City Park, Kingston, Ontario. The Kingston City Council is considering the matter.

    The University of Windsor has decided to rename the Macdonald Hall student residence.

    Protestors used a truck and a rope to tear down the Egerton Ryerson statue in Toronto. Protestors then separated the head of the statue and hit it with a mallet. There was no police intervention or arrests. President of Ryerson, Mohamed Lachemi, said the statue would not be put back up.

    Newfoundland premier Andrew Furey has decided to change the province’s coat of arms which depicts two Beothuk warriors.

    Prince Edward County council has voted 13-1 to remove the John A. Macdonald statue from Main Street in Picton, Ontario.

    Hamilton public board votes to rename Ryerson Elementary School

    Two sports teams at Ryerson University have removed Ryerson from their names.

I especially like this detail:

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The head of the Ryerson statue now sits on a spike in the “Land Back Lane” native blockade in Caledonia

And we are just getting started! Hopefully we can do this to Churchill's head eventually!
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 19, 2021, 11:34:26 pm
A good article on the importance of holidays:

https://us.yahoo.com/news/forget-fourth-july-time-celebrate-055220081.html

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As Juneteenth approaches this year, America confronts a resurgent conservative movement that appears somehow emboldened by Donald Trump’s defeat. They have attacked the Capitol, passed new laws to make it harder for people of color to vote, and have worked to outlaw the teaching of critical race theory, critical thinking, and the 1619 Project in schools.

The conservative response to the empowered communities of color that helped Joe Biden win the presidency has been the strategic denial of freedom and the silencing of voices of color. Their actions echo the philosophy of the Confederacy and those intent on destroying Reconstruction.

Their version of America cannot coexist with the criticism of America’s systemic oppression that will inevitably occur as people of color obtain more freedom and agency in American society. Instead they respond to criticisms that can reveal the truth about America by silencing dissent, and crafting a new narrative that depicts white Americans as the benevolent rulers of American society.
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For the rest of America, Juneteenth is an opportunity to finally celebrate freedom in our society, but it is also a blunt reminder of the perversity of the Fourth of July.

In 1852, well-meaning white Americans believed that it made sense for a formerly enslaved Black American to celebrate the Fourth of July alongside them and embrace the freedoms that white Americans had given themselves, yet intentionally denied to Black Americans.

When Black Americans vigorously celebrate white freedom and the Fourth of July, America creates a hypocritical double consciousness that normalizes white supremacy and impedes freedom. Through Black celebration, white and Black Americans are encouraged to believe in the existence of an equitable American freedom that has never existed. To create the freedom it’s promised, America must liberate itself from many of the lies we have long told ourselves.

Bonus:

https://twitter.com/joe_warmington/status/1405861334269534217

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The noose has been installed around SirJohn A MacDonald’s neck
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 22, 2021, 01:27:29 am
I told you we'd be starting on buildings soon:

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/carolina-home-white-supremacist-voted-off-landmark-list-75641385

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The home of a former North Carolina newspaper publisher who helped orchestrate an 1898 riot in which at least 60 Blacks were killed was removed Tuesday from a list of local historic landmarks.

The Raleigh City Council voted unanimously to strip the home of Josephus Daniels of the local designation, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported.

This means it can be destroyed at the discretion of a future owner, as our enemies fret over:

https://vdare.com/letters/a-nc-reader-says-the-city-of-raleigh-is-willing-to-allow-historic-buildings-to-be-paved-over-if-were-owned-by-white-supremacists

Back to original link, note current ownership:

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The house, called Wakestone, has been home to the Masonic Temple of Raleigh since 1950.

“Simply stated, ties to the Josephus Daniels’s legacy presents a dark cloud over the Freemasons/Masonic Temple of Raleigh organization,” Murray said, adding that the Masons worry about the property being the site of protests and unrest.

Too late! We already know who you are:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-false-left/freemasons-say-they're-needed-now-more-than-ever-so-why-are-their-ranks-dwindlin/
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 23, 2021, 10:42:31 pm
Down goes Isabella!

https://colombiareports.com/colombia-removes-statues-of-columbus-and-spanish-queen-after-attacks/

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Colombia’s culture ministry removed statues of 15th-century explorer Christopher Columbus and Spain’s late Queen Isabella amid fears they would be tumbled.

Government workers removed the statues from their pedestals in the capital Bogota on Friday after native Colombian protesters tried to tumble them on Wednesday.

The attempts triggered tensions with a fringe white supremacist group that subsequently tried to attack the protesters of the Misak people from southwest Colombia.
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The native Colombians celebrated the decision on Saturday by victoriously climbing the empty pedestals of the late Italian explorer and his Spanish financial patron.

The Misak people have been tumbling statues associated with the Spanish colonization of the Americas and the extermination of indigenous people since anti-government protests began in late April.

The statues of Spanish conquistadors have long been deeply offensive to many native Colombians but weren’t targeted by the native Colombians until this year.

The tumbling of the statues triggered mixed reactions as late conquistador Sebastian De Belalcazar is both the founder of cities like Cali and Popayan and one of the most notorious leaders of the 16-century holocaust of native Colombians.

In a statement, the Misak said Saturday that they would continue to assume their “ancestral responsibility to clean those  clean colonial wounds and seek the healing of all colonial wounds.”

OK, but if we can take down statues of Columbus, why are we still calling the country "Colombia" after Columbus? We need:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/name-decolonization/

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Some among Colombia’s white majority continue to consider Columbus and even controversial characters like Belalcazar as part of their cultural identity.

These are the only ones who should be called Colombians (and hence Western occupiers). The rest should choose a new name.

Before the Western colonialists came along, local statues looked like this:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/36/Parque_Arqueol%C3%B3gico_de_San_Agust%C3%ADn-Mesita_B_-_Eagle_with_snake.jpg/480px-Parque_Arqueol%C3%B3gico_de_San_Agust%C3%ADn-Mesita_B_-_Eagle_with_snake.jpg)

There is more beauty in just this one piece than in everything from the Renaissance combined! (In fact it reminds me of: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51TD-oiwjuL.png )

And yet the inferior were allowed to come over and build their Homo Hubris eyesore **** all over the place:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3f/Jalpan_de_Serra_7.jpg/437px-Jalpan_de_Serra_7.jpg)

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d8/Detalle_de_Fachada.jpg/399px-Detalle_de_Fachada.jpg)

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e5/Misi%C3%B3n_de_Landa_de_Matamoros_15.jpg/450px-Misi%C3%B3n_de_Landa_de_Matamoros_15.jpg)

etc. etc.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 29, 2021, 12:06:39 am
https://www.monroenews.com/story/news/2021/06/27/40-50-people-gather-custer-falls-again-rally/5357925001/

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No elected officials from the City of Monroe are believed to have attended Friday's 'Custer Falls Again' rally at St. Mary's Park, which drew a crowd of about 50 people who shrugged off steady rain showers to protest the General George Armstrong Custer monument that has sat in downtown Monroe for over a century.

The crowd gathered in the park located just yards away from the 111-year-old statue to listen to traditional Native American songs, eat Indigenous foods, and hear from speakers who came from across the State of Michigan to denounce the monument and the man it depicts. 

Hosted jointly by local activist group Good Trouble Monroe and the Anishinaabek Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party, the rally was held on the 145th anniversary of Custer's defeat and death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. It was just the latest in a series of similar events in the city since local activist Katybeth Davis started a Change.org petition last June calling for the statue's removal, arguing that it represents the glorification of a man who led a genocide against Native Americans.

The petition currently has over 14,000 signatures.

It doesn't take 14000 people to pull down the statue. 40-50 might even be enough.

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Davis said that while she extended an invitation to every member of city council, only councilman Andrew Felder notified her that he would be unable to attend Friday's rally due to a prior commitment.

"I'm not surprised at all," Davis said of the elected officials' decision not to attend the rally. "They don't want to have to look Native Americans in the eyes. They don't want to have to be confronted, or even have to deal with that."
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The speakers at Friday's rally were united in calling for the city to remove the statue, with Anishinaabek Caucus secretary and Pokagon Elder Julie Dye saying "We're here to tell the citizens and government leaders that if your heroes are murderers and military failures, your values are grounded in white supremacy."

And what should be done with those with such values? (Answer: the same as is done to their statues.)
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 30, 2021, 12:14:46 am
Good work!

https://www.yahoo.com/news/colombian-anti-government-protesters-topple-122840218.html

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Anti-government protesters in Colombia have toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus in the coastal city of Barranquilla.

The figure of the European explorer, after whom Colombia is named, was dragged from its plinth with ropes and vandalised.
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The Columbus statue is the latest to be pulled from its pedestal as part of the anti-government protests which have been sweeping through the country.

One of the first to fall was that of the 16th Century Spanish conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar in the south-western city of Popayán in September.

A group of Colombians from the Misak, Nasa and Pijao indigenous groups said that they had toppled the statue after putting Belalcázar on trial and finding him guilty of genocide, enslavement, torture, **** and stealing their ancestral lands.

Since then, another statue of Belalcázar in the city of Cali has also been toppled.

In the capital, Bogotá, members of the Misak indigenous group demolished a statue of Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, the Spanish conquistador who founded the city in 1638.

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Again, note the Turanian statue composition in the second picture.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 30, 2021, 10:08:05 pm
https://www.times-standard.com/2021/06/28/madison-grant-memorial-removed-from-prairie-creek-redwoods-state-park-over-his-racist-eugenics-beliefs/

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In keeping with a nationwide effort to remove monuments that have long honored racist figures, California State Parks officials recently removed a 1948 memorial honoring Madison Grant in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/congress-confederates-statues-house/2021/06/29/304f7960-d8db-11eb-9bbb-37c30dcf9363_story.html

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The House on Tuesday passed legislation to remove statues of Confederate leaders from the U.S. Capitol and replace the bust of Roger B. Taney, the U.S. chief justice who wrote the 1857 Supreme Court decision that said people of African descent are not U.S. citizens.

https://tnc.news/2021/06/29/a-timeline-of-every-town-that-has-cancelled-canada-day-celebrations-in-2021/ (chart at link)
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 02, 2021, 10:05:04 pm
A good day:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57693683

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Statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II torn down in Canada

A prominent statue of Queen Victoria has been torn down by protesters in Canada as anger grows over the deaths of indigenous children at residential schools.

The protesters cheered as the statue at the legislature in Manitoba's capital Winnipeg was toppled on Thursday.

A smaller statue of Queen Elizabeth II was also upended nearby.
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The British government condemned the toppling of the two statues.

"We obviously condemn any defacing of statues of the Queen," a spokesman said.
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A group of protesters had marched on the Manitoba Legislature as part of a demonstration against the deaths of indigenous Canadian children at residential schools.

Monarch of the UK, Canada and other territories from 1837 until her death in 1901, Queen Victoria was on the throne during the founding of the Canadian confederation. The British Crown negotiated treaties with indigenous First Nations in Canada and the government enacted its residential schools policy during her reign.

At the protest in Winnipeg, the statue of Queen Victoria was daubed in red paint while a sign saying "we were children" was left nearby.

A survivor of a residential school, Belinda Vandenbroeck, told Canadian broadcaster CBC she felt no remorse about the toppling of the statue, which she had had no part in.

"She [Queen Victoria] means nothing to me except that her policies and her colonialism is what is dictating us right to this minute as you and I speak," Ms Vandenbroeck said.

Symbols of empire, colonialism and slavery have been targeted by protesters at demonstrations against racial injustice across the globe in the past year.

Video:

https://twitter.com/APTNNews/status/1410753619431919618

(https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/CDA8/production/_119184625_c4b1f26d-fbcc-472f-b16c-053b56f285ab.jpg)

(https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/9036/production/_119181963_068354435-1.jpg)

In theory, it is not yet too late to topple the actual Elizabeth, who is one of the rare colonialists with statues who are personally not dead yet. Such an action would be of infinitely greater symbolic power than merely toppling her statue.

See also:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-false-left/'royal'-family-hate-thread/
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 10, 2021, 11:56:40 pm
It was a long wait, but it was worth it:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/charlottesville-remove-confederate-monuments-saturday-173505420.html

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A Confederate monument that helped spark a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, leaving one person dead, came down Saturday.

Dozens of people lined the block and cheered as the bronze statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was hoisted off its pedestal. Streets were blocked off, and there was a visible police presence.

"Taking down this statue is one small step closer to the goal of helping Charlottesville, Virginia, and America, grapple with the sin of being willing to destroy Black people for economic gain," Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker said during a speech before the monument was removed.

The statue of Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson came down soon afterward.
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"We've waited for this day for more than four years – for 100 years, really," said Kristin Szakos, a former Charlottesville City Council member and community activist. "Of course there’s still a lot of work to do to bring real racial equity, but this is an important step."

We have been waiting for over 500 years for Western civilization to die. I hope at least some of us here live to see it happen.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 11, 2021, 10:14:10 pm
One more:

https://nypost.com/2021/07/10/charlottesville-takes-down-sacagawea-statue-after-confederate-removals/

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The city of Charlottesville, Va. followed up its removal of two controversial Confederate statues Saturday with the lightning-fast toppling of a third local landmark: a monumental tribute to explorers Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and Sacagawea.

In an emergency meeting called with 20 minutes’ notice, the Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to cancel another piece of public art targeted by left-wing activists.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 12, 2021, 11:23:11 pm
https://www.thecollegefix.com/walt-whitman-statue-a-target-of-protests-to-be-removed-from-center-of-rutgers-camden-campus/

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Rutgers University-Camden will remove a statue of the famous poet Walt Whitman from the center of campus as a result of activists’ petitions and a recommendation from a committee of scholars.

The statue of Whitman, featured prominently in the front courtyard of Camden’s Campus Center, will be “relocated to a historically relevant site on campus and contextualized,” interim Chancellor Margaret Marsh recently announced in an email to students and employees.

That new location has yet to be announced by campus officials.

A petition circulated last year stated that “the statue of Walt Whitman glorifies a man who we should not hold such a place of honor on our campus. … He instead stood for white supremacy and racism against Black and Indigenous Americans.”
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 13, 2021, 10:34:09 pm
This is why it is not enough to topple statues. More importantly, we must terminate the bloodlines that might rebuild these statues:

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/two-damaged-queen-statues-manitoba-165229745.html

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WINNIPEG — Statues of two queens that were torn down by protesters on the Manitoba legislature grounds will be rebuilt, Premier Brian Pallister said Wednesday.
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Pallister's remarks on Canada's history, however, were criticized.

"The people who came here to this country ... didn't come here to destroy anything. They came here to build," he said.

"They came to build better ... and they built farms, and they built businesses, and they built communities and churches, too."

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs called the comments abhorrent.

"To minimize, romanticize and celebrate the settler colonialism that displaced First Nations from their ancient and sacred lands in the most brutal and heinous ways, the way he did in his comments, is unconscionable and a desecration to the graves of the ancestors on which the legislature is built and on which the City of Winnipeg now lies," interim Grand Chief Leroy Constant said in a prepared statement.

Nahanni Fontaine, who is Indigenous and the justice critic for the Opposition New Democrats, said Pallister was revising history.

"Reconciliation is impossible when you have a settler at the helm denying, romanticizing and minimizing colonization," a message posted on Fontaine's Twitter feed said.

"Canada was forged in the blood of our Peoples, on the bodies of our women and children, and in the theft of our lands."

Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont said in a prepared statement that Pallister's remarks were shameful and tone-deaf.

"This is the hard truth: Canada’s prosperity was built on Indigenous suffering and an indifference to Indigenous lives and rights."

So what is our ethical duty in response to this? It is certainly not "reconciliation" with the oppressors. Anyone who calls this:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/colonial-era/canada-residential-schools/

is "building better" is no better than the perpetrators themselves, and should be treated as if they were the direct perpetrators.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 20, 2021, 10:25:30 pm
Two more!

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/563562-statue-of-confederate-general-removed-from-a-louisiana-city-hall?rl=1

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2021/07/20/tennessee-nathan-bedford-forrest-bust-moved-capitol-this-weekend-gov-bill-lee/8025187002/
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on September 02, 2021, 11:15:20 pm
Looking forward to the video footage:

https://richmond.com/news/state-and-regional/today-it-is-clear-the-largest-confederate-monument-in-the-south-is-coming-down-court/article_2cee6dcf-5220-50e2-a0cd-088231118d50.html

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'Today it is clear—the largest Confederate monument in the South is coming down.': Court rulings clear way for removal of Lee Monument in Richmond
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The 130-year-old, 60-foot-tall bronze statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on a horse gained national attention last year as a focus of protests in Richmond. The base of the monument is now covered with graffiti and it was illuminated at night with holographic images. A year ago, demonstrators at the circle — now surrounded by fencing — were tear gassed by police.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: guest55 on September 08, 2021, 09:06:42 pm
Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond comes down after 130 years
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CNBC's Shep Smith reports on the removal of a 130-year-old statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, which has stood over Richmond since the late 1800s.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0yJtBH4Pmw
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on September 08, 2021, 10:09:19 pm
This photo alone makes it worth the long wait:

(https://storage.googleapis.com/afs-prod/media/b337dc85d07e43fc8e957badc70fe706/1000.jpeg)

I will never understand why this was not done to Lee himself.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waist_chop

Oh, I forgot: because it's OK to be "white".
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: Zea_mays on September 09, 2021, 03:38:13 pm
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Mexico City to swap Columbus statue for one of indigenous woman
[...]
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the bronze likeness of Columbus would be moved to a park and a statue of an Olmec woman would take its place.
[...]
She said that relocating the statue was not an attempt to "erase history" but to deliver "social justice".

Ms Sheinbaum said that the Columbus statue "would not be hidden away" but that the civilisations which existed in Mexico before the Spanish conquest should receive recognition.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-58462071

I'm not sure why they chose an Olmec statue when they have nothing to do with Mexico City. They could have made the statue a citizen of Teotihuacan instead...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teotihuacan

(Also, Mexico City won't be fully decolonized until someone named Sheinbaum isn't the mayor!)
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on September 16, 2021, 10:14:12 pm
On we go:

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/eastern-shore/bs-md-talbot-boys-statue-relocation-20210915-q63slcw6nzgkbbb6275pwj3vtm-story.html

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What is believed to be the only Confederate statue remaining on public grounds in Maryland will be removed after the Talbot County Council adopted an immediate resolution to move it from outside the courthouse to a private park in Virginia.

The bronze Talbot Boys Statue, stationed on the lawn outside the Eastern Shore courthouse, honors Talbot County residents who fought for the South during the Civil War, its chief figure a life-size young soldier clutching a Confederate flag.
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The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit in May demanding the statue’s removal, calling it unconstitutional, and Maryland activists long have said that the statue should no longer stand outside the courthouse. Prior council resolutions to remove the monument failed, although a smaller Frederick Douglass statue was erected in front of the courthouse in 2011, according to the suit. More recently, singer and Easton native Maggie Rogers urged individuals last week to support the council’s resolution.

Kisha Petticolas, a Talbot County public defender named in the ACLU suit, cheered the council’s decision, but called herself “cautiously optimistic.”

“I am an African-American woman and the United States of America, in 2021. I’ve seen a lot. I’ve read a lot” she said. “And I know that these things don’t die quietly.”

You are correct! Western civilization in particular will not die quietly. It will in fact not die at all unless we kill it with our own hands and make 100% sure it it is truly dead before we stop.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: Zhang Caizhi on September 17, 2021, 12:12:02 pm
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Mexico City to swap Columbus statue for one of indigenous woman
[...]
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the bronze likeness of Columbus would be moved to a park and a statue of an Olmec woman would take its place.
[...]
She said that relocating the statue was not an attempt to "erase history" but to deliver "social justice".

Ms Sheinbaum said that the Columbus statue "would not be hidden away" but that the civilisations which existed in Mexico before the Spanish conquest should receive recognition.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-58462071

I'm not sure why they chose an Olmec statue when they have nothing to do with Mexico City. They could have made the statue a citizen of Teotihuacan instead...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teotihuacan

(Also, Mexico City won't be fully decolonized until someone named Sheinbaum isn't the mayor!)

The mayor is in the same party as the current president of Mexico.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morena_(political_party)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudia_Sheinbaum

About her name:
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Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo was born to a secular Jewish family in Mexico City.[4] Her father's Ashkenazi parents emigrated from Lithuania to Mexico City in the 1920s; her mother's Sephardic parents emigrated there from Sofia, Bulgaria, in the early 1940s to escape the Holocaust.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on October 03, 2021, 09:18:52 pm
As previously mentioned, we should move onto colonial-era buildings eventually. Here is a video from Empires of Dirt that lists several where we could get started:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAbCuEFNAV8

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"No one's saying that we need to pull these houses down."

On the contrary, I am saying precisely that. And all True Leftists should feel so inclined.

See also:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-right/western-civilization-is-ugly-48/msg9194/#msg9194
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on October 08, 2021, 10:17:54 pm
Slow but steady advance:

https://www.newsweek.com/boston-latest-city-replace-columbus-day-indigenous-peoples-day-1636405

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Boston is the latest U.S. city to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in a surprise move by acting Mayor Kim Janey.

The executive order signed by Janey recognizes the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day starting next week on October 11.

“This is a small step in a long journey around justice in our city,” Janey told reporters outside of Boston City Hall on Wednesday. The event was held in collaboration with the United American Indians of New England (UAINE), the North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB) and members of the Massachusett Tribe that all helped increase the city’s engagement with indigenous communities.

Though Columbus Day is considered a federal holiday, 14 states and more than 130 local governments have chosen to replace it or just not observe it. In Massachusetts, more than two dozen communities honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day, with Boston becoming the latest city.
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Former Boston mayor Marty Walsh didn’t support replacing the holiday and Janey’s executive order was not announced as part of the public schedule until Tuesday night.

Well done Mayor Janey!

https://mayorjaney.com/

Want more of the same? Then we need more:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/demographic-blueshift/
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on October 11, 2021, 10:00:55 pm
https://twitter.com/IENearth/status/1447588606072311814

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The Andrew Jackson statue at the @WhiteHouse was redecorated!

(https://citizenfreepress.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/AndrewJackson-1024x768.jpg)

Again, note the Turanian composition.

Let's hope "Expect us" means they will actually pull it down next time.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on October 14, 2021, 09:29:11 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53VWhbr5Lxc

A good start, but hopefully this can be expanded into a campaign to eventually remove actual colonialist statues in Hong Kong also.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on October 15, 2021, 10:23:36 pm
Promises by Westerners mean nothing:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/oct/11/oxford-college-installs-plaque-calling-cecil-rhodes-a-committed-colonialist

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An Oxford college has installed a plaque next to a statue of the mining magnate and politician Cecil Rhodes, describing him as “committed British colonialist” who exploited the “peoples of southern Africa”.
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The University of Oxford angered campaigners in May by backtracking on its previous decision to remove the statue, ignoring the views of an independent commission.

The explanatory plaque says Rhodes was a “committed British colonialist” who “obtained his fortune through exploitation of minerals, land and peoples of southern Africa. Some of his activities led to great loss of life and attracted criticism in his day and ever since.”
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“We can’t take down absolutely everything that connects us to colonialism,” said the woman, who asked to be referred to as Rosie. “Are we going to take all the banking system down, all the things that made this country?”

Actually, we have aimed to take down the Western banking system from the beginning.

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An 18-year-old woman who gave her name as Oliver, from Denmark, said the plaque seemed to be an attempt to reach a middle ground. “But the middle ground is more about working around some people’s egos … it [the statement] feels like something I would read in a GCSE textbook.”

“I certainly don’t think it’s too much,” said a young passerby, responding to academic complaints that the plaque had gone too far down the road of vilifying Rhodes. He said: “I think for some people it probably won’t be enough, because if you don’t want to walk past [the statue] every day, you are still not going to want to walk past it.”

Exactly.

The following is not a bad idea, however:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/may/29/rhodes-statue-should-be-turned-to-face-wall-says-antony-gormley

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Sculptor suggests solution to row over keeping statue of colonialist in place at Oriel College

The statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College, Oxford, should be turned to face the wall in shame, the sculptor Antony Gormley has proposed.

Gormley’s suggestion, made in an interview with the Financial Times, would be an innovative solution to a years-long battle over whether the 19th-century colonialist and white supremacist should remain in pride of place at the university.

It comes after Oriel decided to retain the statue, despite the findings of an independent commission that backed its removal.

Gormley said the statue should stay, the FT reported. But he added: “If we need to readdress our relationship to him, I would just simply turn him to face the wall rather than facing outwards.”

Turning Rhodes to face the wall would be “an acknowledgment of collective shame” that would also “reassert the fact that Oriel College and many institutions have property from Rhodes’s riches”, the FT quoted Gormley as saying.

The statue:

(https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/8139b8a6dd139b33be1f9bb056b1860996a6782a/0_411_7360_4414/master/7360.jpg?width=465&quality=45&auto=format&fit=max&dpr=2&s=68b1cef04d1e6d3bbf636c12586c58d8)
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on October 24, 2021, 10:13:34 pm
I support this idea:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-10-21/museum-proposes-melting-lee-statue-to-make-new-artwork

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“Recontextualization is not enough,” the museum said in the proposal, stressing that wherever the statue goes, it would remain “an icon of violent white supremacy.”
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on October 28, 2021, 12:55:03 am
https://www.yahoo.com/news/pacific-islanders-rally-racist-statue-165904640.html

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Carrying signs and chanting in Spokane, Wash., about 40 Pacific Islanders and allies protested the statue of a 19th-century U.S. Navy sailor.

The rally: The protesters marched through downtown Spokane on Oct. 16. demanding City Council members take down a statue of John R. Monaghan.
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Historical significance: According to CAC Community Outreach, the statue of Monaghan was erected in 1906.

    “Although most who pass by the statue are unlikely to know who Monaghan was, or what battle he fought in, it is known around the world to the Pacific Islander community as a devastating reminder of the thousands of innocent men, women, and children whom were brutally murdered,” CAC Community Outreach wrote in the petition. "It stands as a monument to the unprovoked, antagonistic, colonial attacks by the United States on Sāmoa and Sāmoan civilians, and to the racist perceptions that Americans had of them at that time. The impacts have been deep and lasting."

    “But the racist and ignorant perceptions that went virtually unquestioned during that era should not be allowed to represent Spokane today, 115 years later,” they continued. “We must not continue to pay homage to unjust wars, people who carry them out, and racist, colonial beliefs that lead to them.”

If the government refuses, just pull it down yourselves!
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on December 08, 2021, 01:27:30 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFtTEl3DnG0
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: Zea_mays on December 16, 2021, 08:12:17 pm
During the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee's estate was seized and used as a cemetery:

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In June 1862, the 37th United States Congress enacted legislation that imposed a property tax on all land in "insurrectionary" areas of the United States.[19] The 1863 amendments to the statute required these taxes to be paid in person.[16][20] But Mary Lee, afflicted with severe rheumatoid arthritis and behind Confederate lines, could not pay the tax in person.[20] The Arlington estate was seized for nonpayment of taxes. It was auctioned off on January 11, 1864, and the U.S. government won the property for $26,800 ($453,095 today).
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By early 1864, the military cemeteries of Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, Virginia, were rapidly filling with war dead. Quartermaster General of the United States Army Montgomery C. Meigs proposed using 200 acres (81 ha) of the Arlington estate as a cemetery.[13] United States Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton approved the establishment of a military cemetery on June 15, 1864, creating Arlington National Cemetery.[16][23] Meigs believed that since Lee had committed treason in deciding to fight against the Union,[24] denying Lee use of the mansion after the war was a rough form of justice.[25] Meigs decided that a large number of burials should occur close to Arlington House to render it unlivable. Officers were to be buried next to the main flower garden south of the house, and the first burial occurred here on May 17.[26] Meigs ordered that additional burials commence immediately on the grounds of Arlington House in mid-June.[26] When Union officers bivouacked in the mansion complained and had the burials temporarily stopped, Meigs countermanded their orders and had another 44 dead officers buried along the southern and eastern sides of the main flower garden within a month.[26]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlington_House,_The_Robert_E._Lee_Memorial

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Beginning in 1863, the federal government used the southern portion of the land now occupied by the cemetery as a settlement for freed slaves, giving the name of "Freedman's Village" to the land. The government constructed rental houses that 1,100 to 3,000 freed slaves eventually occupied while farming 1,100 acres (450 ha) of the estate and receiving schooling and occupational training during the Civil War and after War ended.[25]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlington_National_Cemetery#Freedman's_Village
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on January 05, 2022, 08:24:16 pm
We are winning the culture war:

https://news.sky.com/story/edward-colston-statue-four-protesters-found-not-guilty-of-criminal-damage-after-toppling-monument-of-slave-trader-12509488

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Four protesters have been found not guilty of causing criminal damage after toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol during a Black Lives Matter protest.
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In closing speeches, defence barristers had argued that the Colston statue - erected in 1895 - had become inappropriate and offensive and that over the years, thousands had signed petitions to have it removed.

Liam Walker QC, representing Sage Willoughby, had told the jury their decision would reverberate around the world:
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"Make no mistake members of the jury, your decision is not just going to be felt in this courtroom or this city," he said. "I urge you all to be on the right side of history."

Tom Wainwright, representing Milo Ponsford, told the court: "If you have a cancer like Colston festering in your city, you cut it out. Only once it's gone that the body can heal."

Yes! There is also a cancer festering on the planet. It is called Western civilization.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on January 25, 2022, 08:04:28 pm
What I like to see:

https://news.sky.com/story/juan-ponce-de-leon-statue-of-spanish-explorer-toppled-in-puerto-rico-hours-before-kings-visit-12524459

(https://e3.365dm.com/22/01/2048x1152/skynews-juan-ponce-de-leon_5651285.jpg?bypass-service-worker&20220124153515)

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A statue of a Spanish explorer in Puerto Rico has been toppled hours before a visit by the King of Spain to the US Caribbean territory.

Juan Ponce de Leon, who landed on the island with Christopher Columbus in 1493, ruled the territory as its first governor.

He put down a rebellion by the native Tainos, a subgroup of the Arawak Indians.
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The incident occurred just hours before Spain's King Felipe VI was due to meet Puerto Rico governor Pedro Pierluisi and other officials to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the founding of San Juan.

Two years ago, activists marched through the streets of Old San Juan in support of a US movement to eradicate symbols of oppression and demanded that Spain's legacy in Puerto Rico be erased.

Yes! Being American means being the enemy of all Western colonial powers.

About Ponce de Leon:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Ponce_de_Le%C3%B3n

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In 1502 the newly appointed governor, Nicolás de Ovando, arrived in Hispaniola. The Spanish Crown expected Ovando to bring order to a colony in disarray.[16][21] Ovando interpreted this as authorizing subjugation of the native Taínos. Thus, Ovando authorized the Jaragua massacre in November 1503. In 1504, when Tainos overran a small Spanish garrison in Higüey on the island's eastern side, Ovando assigned Ponce de León to crush the rebellion.[21]

Ponce de León was actively involved in the Higüey massacre, about which friar Bartolomé de las Casas attempted to notify Spanish authorities. Ovando rewarded his victorious commander by appointing him frontier governor of the newly conquered province, then named Higüey also.
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In 1508 King Ferdinand ... authorized Ponce de León to conquer the remaining Taínos and exploit them in gold mining.[23]
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Ponce de León parceled out the native Taínos amongst himself and other settlers using a system of forced labor known as encomienda.[32] The Indians were put to work growing food crops and mining for gold. Many of the Spaniards treated the Taínos very harshly and death rates were very high. The demand for slaves kidnapped from other islands grew. By June 1511 the Taínos were pushed to a short-lived rebellion, which was forcibly put down by Ponce de León and a small force of troops armed with crossbows and arquebuses.[33][34]
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On 14 June they set sail again looking for a chain of islands in the west that had been described by their captives. They reached the Dry Tortugas on 21 June.[21] There they captured giant sea turtles, Caribbean monk seals, and thousands of seabirds.
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Ponce de León was also ordered to organize an armada for the purpose of attacking and subduing the Caribs, who continued to attack Spanish settlements in the Caribbean.[78]

Three ships were purchased for his armada and after repairs and provisioning Ponce de León left Spain on 14 May, 1515 with his little fleet. The record of his activities against the Caribs is vague. There was one engagement in Guadeloupe on his return to the area and possibly two or three other encounters.[79] The campaign came to an abrupt end in 1516 when Ferdinand died.

Remember, all of the above could have been prevented if only Spain had remained Andalus. This is why America should always side with the Islamic world against any Western country.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on January 26, 2022, 08:41:30 pm
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/st-kilda-s-captain-cook-statue-doused-in-red-paint-in-australia-day-protest-20220126-p59r9l.html

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A Melbourne monument depicting Captain James Cook was doused in red paint overnight as part of an Australia Day protest.

The statue, located near St Kilda beach, was defaced and its base was papered with flyers proposing the abolition of Australia Day celebrations. The vandalism attracted a small group of curious locals to Catani Gardens on Wednesday morning before the paint was hosed off by council workers.
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It is not the first time the statue has been defaced. Vandals poured pink paint over the monument on the eve of Australia Day in 2018, scribbling the words “no pride” beneath Captain Cook’s feet along with the Aboriginal flag.

A similar memorial at Edinburgh Gardens in Fitzroy North was also reportedly defaced, but a caller to 3AW said he cleaned the “thick red paint” off early Wednesday morning.

That statue was covered with graffiti in 2020. The words “destroy white supremacy” and “remove this” were scrawled on the monument’s stone and bitumen in front of it.

The discovery came on the same day a statue of Captain Cook in Sydney was defaced, and a day after busts of former prime ministers Tony Abbott and John Howard were vandalised in Ballarat.

If the government will not take down the statues, we must take them down ourselves.

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In Victoria, a Gippsland council voted against removing two monuments honouring Scottish explorer and pastoralist Angus McMillan, who was linked to the massacre of Indigenous people in the area.

The motion, put forward by councillor Carolyn Crossley, was responding to demands around the world for the removal of monuments to oppressors as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The proposal to remove the monument was backed by Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation chair Troy McDonald, who said the cairn dedicated to McMillan represented the celebration of a man arriving on Aboriginal land and committing genocide.

McMillan thought it was OK to be "white". Those who want to keep his monuments up are agreeing with him.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on February 07, 2022, 08:28:22 pm
Another one down!

https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2022-02-03/statue-of-racist-ex-gov-bilbo-quietly-moved-in-mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A statue of white supremacist former Mississippi Gov. Theodore Bilbo has quietly been moved out of sight in the state Capitol — a move praised by Black lawmakers who say he never deserved a place of prominence.
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Democratic Rep. Kabir Karriem, a member of the Legislative Black Caucus, said its lingering presence was “very offensive" in a state where nearly 40% of residents are Black.
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Another member of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, Democratic Rep. Ed Blackmon of Canton, said that when he was first elected to the House in 1979, the Bilbo statue was still in the rotunda.

“That’s the first person I met when I came to the Capitol,” Blackmon said Thursday. “I said, ‘My God. Bilbo.’”

During Bilbo's last campaign in 1946, a group of Black Mississippi residents filed a petition with the U.S. Senate, saying Bilbo had used “inflammatory appeals" to white people and incited violence that discouraged Black voters from participating in the Democratic primary, according to the U.S. Senate.

About Bilbo:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_G._Bilbo

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Bilbo proposed an amendment to the federal work-relief bill on June 6, 1938, which would have deported twelve million black Americans to Liberia at federal expense to relieve unemployment.[37]
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The Democrats assigned Bilbo to what was considered the least important Senate committee, one on governance of the District of Columbia, to try to limit his influence. Bilbo, however, used his position to advance his white supremacist views. Bilbo was against giving any vote to district residents, especially as the district's black population was increasing because of the Great Migration.
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Bilbo revealed his membership in the Ku Klux Klan in an interview on the radio program Meet the Press. He said:

No man can leave the Klan. He takes an oath not to do that. Once a Ku Klux, always a Ku Klux.[42]

He was a prominent participant in the lengthy southern Democratic filibuster of the Costigan-Wagner anti-lynching bill before the Senate in 1938.
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Bilbo was outspoken in saying that blacks should not be allowed to vote anywhere in the United States, regardless of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments to the Constitution.
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In 1946, he wrote to General MacArthur, head of the Allied occupation of Japan, that the Japanese should "all be sterilized."[44]

During the 1946 Democratic Senate primary in Mississippi, his last race, Bilbo was the subject of a series of attacks by journalist Hodding Carter, Jr., in his paper, the Greenville Delta Democrat-Times. Dismayed that the Supreme Court had ruled that white primaries were unconstitutional, he urged his white supporters to prevent black citizens from voting. At least half of all black citizens were prevented from voting in the primary due to threats of violence.[45]
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on February 08, 2022, 08:23:50 pm
The next targets have been spotted:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/u-capitol-filled-racist-depictions-155839234.html

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The U.S. Capitol Is Filled With Racist Depictions of Native Americans. It's Time for Them to Go
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visitors to the Capitol will still encounter several 19th century paintings and sculptures that advocate cruelty and barbarism—against Native Americans.

One of these sculptures, carved in 1826-1827 by the Italian artist Enrico Causici, is a gruesome scene showing the explorer Daniel Boone stabbing a Native American warrior. Another warrior lies dead beneath their feet, filling the entire bottom of the rectangular panel. Soon after the work was installed, then-Rep. Tristam Burges, sarcastically commented that it “very truly represented our dealing with the Indians, for we had not left them even a place to die upon.”

The Boone panel is one of the first four sculptures made for the Capitol after it was rebuilt following its burning by the British in the War of 1812. The other sculptures show a Native American man offering corn to Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock, Pocahontas saving John Smith, and William Penn shaking hands with a Native American to close a deal to exchange land for gifts. In 1842, then-Rep. Henry Wise claimed that Native Americans visiting the Capitol had observed how well these sculptures showed the history of relations between them and settlers: “We give you corn, you cheat us of our lands; we save your life, you take ours.”

These sculptures went up during the debates leading up to President Andrew Jackson’s 1830 “Indian Removal Act,” which expelled Native Americans from their lands east of the Mississippi River. The Congressmen who authorized forced marches in which thousands died, including the infamous “Trail of Tears,” thought their actions were justified because they believed either that Native Americans were so savage that they could never peacefully coexist with white Americans or that the inferior “Indian race” would quickly die out when faced with superior European settlers.

It’s no wonder the Congressmen believed these stereotypes, since they saw them in the sculptures decorating the Capitol. The Boone panel shows both at once: its warrior is wild-eyed, with a face twisted in a demonic grimace of hatred. But Boone’s face remains calm. Despite his opponent’s impressive muscles and the tomahawk raised over his head, Boone is confident that his superior nature will win the fight.

While serving in the House in 2019, now-Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, called for a review of the Capitol’s artwork to document its “racist stereotypes about Native Americans.” The Architect of the Capitol, the agency responsible for the Capitol’s art, put up a website listing some of the images of Native Americans in the building, but there have so far been no indications that any of these artworks will be removed. The project would indeed be complex, since Native American figures appear so often in the Capitol’s mid-19th century decorations, ranging from sculpted panels on the Rotunda’s doors, its paintings, including John Chapman’s 1840 “Baptism of Pocahontas,” the massive sculptures over the entrance to the Senate building, and even the clock keeping time in the House. In her book Art and Empire, scholar Vivien Green Fryd points out that these Native Americans, “relegated to shadows and borders,” are nearly always shown in powerless positions. They crouch, kneel, collapse, or sit in despairing contemplation of their children, symbolizing the imminent extinction of their kind.

Attorney Brett Chapman, a member of the Pawnee tribe and descendent of Chief Standing Bear, pointed me to a section of the painted frieze circling the Rotunda. The frieze shows the 1813 death of the Shawnee chief Tecumseh, who formed intertribal coalitions to fight the settlers. Tecumseh is shown crumpled to the ground below his killer, Richard Mentor Johnson (who would later serve as vice president under Martin Van Buren), who rides a triumphantly rearing horse. Chapman asked me to imagine if the frieze instead showed “Martin Luther King with a gunshot wound to his head, with the murderer standing right over him.” For Chapman, celebrating the death of King or Tecumseh is “the same thing”: a glorification of the oppression of Americans of color.
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That’s what Horatio Greenough showed in his massive 1850 sculpture “Rescue,” installed outside the Capitol Building’s eastern entrance. Greenough used plaster casts of skulls lent to him by the artist John Chapman, who had obtained them for his Rotunda painting of the baptism of Pocahontas. Greenough’s sculpture, which shows a settler triumphing over a dying Native American warrior, was praised by critics for, as one of them put it in 1851, showing “the ferocious and destructive instinct of the savage, and his easy subjugation under the superior manhood of the new colonist.” Another complimented the way the settler’s “rebuking force is a shade saddened and softened by the melancholy thought of the necessary extinction of the poor savage, whose nature is irreconcilable with society.”

But you won’t see “Rescue” on a Capitol tour today. In 1939, a joint resolution of Congress called for the sculpture to be “ground into dust” and “scattered to the four winds” so that it would not be a “constant reminder to our American Indian citizens” about the cruel process of Western expansion. In 1941, a similar joint resolution called “Rescue” “an atrocious distortion of the facts of American history and a gratuitous insult” to Native Americans. While neither these resolutions nor protests by Indigenous groups had any official result, “Rescue” was put in storage in 1958, supposedly to protect it during construction work on the building. But it was never returned to the Capitol – and in 1976, a crane dropped “Rescue” as it was moving it to a new storage area. Its fragments linger in a government warehouse.

“Rescue” may have been one of the most bloodthirsty, and was certainly the largest single example, of a 19th century Capitol artwork based on the idea that Native Americans were fundamentally inferior to white Americans.
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when I asked Mike Forcia, chairman of the American Indian Movement’s chapter in the Twin Cities, Minn., if he thought adding new images to the Capitol to honor Native Americans was enough to make up for the derogatory ones, he said no. “They should be taken down from their place of honor,” he said. “It’s time to come clean.”
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on February 15, 2022, 07:50:10 pm
More success:

https://globalnews.ca/news/8619183/gassy-jack-statue-gastown-toppled-dtes-womens-memorial-march/

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The statue of John Deighton, more commonly known as Gassy Jack, was toppled Monday afternoon during the annual Downtown Eastside Women’s Memorial March.

Video shared online shows ropes being placed around the statue and then it falling while people crowded around to cheer.

The statue stands at the edge of Gastown, the neighbourhood in Vancouver named after him.
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The City of Vancouver has been in consultations with (the) Squamish Nation on the right way to remove the Gassy Jack statue and recognize the truth of John Deighton’s harmful legacy.”

(https://globalnews.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/MicrosoftTeams-image-31.jpg)

https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/education-news/2022/01/26/417683/statue-of-rice-founder-to-be-relocated-in-response-to-criticism-regarding-universitys-lack-of-diversity/

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A statue memorializing Rice University’s founder will soon be relocated after years of complaints from students who said the school needed to examine its own history of racism.
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William Marsh Rice chartered the university in 1891 exclusively for white students — a policy that remained in place until 1965. The school also briefly allowed for the creation of a Ku Klux Klan student chapter and permitted blackface social gatherings.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on February 16, 2022, 08:29:31 pm
Well done!

https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexicos-indigenous-purepecha-tear-down-004149575.html

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Mexico's indigenous Purepecha tear down statues of Spaniards

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Activists from Mexico’s Purepecha people used axes and sledgehammers Monday to knock down statues of their ancestors being forced to haul and work stones by a colonial-era Spanish priest.
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The life-size statues depict Spanish priest Fray Antonio de San Miguel ordering one nearly naked Purepecha to cut a stone block, while another is depicted hauling a stone away on his back.

A fourth figure in the group, known as the “Statue of the Builders,” represents an anonymous Spanish town planner standing nearby holding papers.

The Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacan said the statues glorified the brutal exploitation of their ancestors, who continued to resist the Spanish after the rival Aztec empire to the east fell to the conquistadores in 1521.

“2022 marks 500 years since the conquest and invasion of Michoacan that occurred in June 1522,” the council said in a statement. “During the invasion of what is today Michoacan, the Spanish enslaved thousands of Indigenous people.”

“Five hundred years after the invasion of Michoacan, the indigenous people continue to resist and fight as our grandfathers did.”

The council distributed photos of some of the statues knocked to the ground, with activists smashing them to bits.

One day we will smash Spain itself and turn it back into Andalus!
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on March 04, 2022, 12:09:02 am
https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2022/3/3/22959813/columbus-statue-arrigo-lawsuit-parade-park-district-onesti-smyrniotis-lightfoot-italian-americans

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A civic leader is demanding that Mayor Lori Lightfoot apologize for the obscene and derogatory remarks a lawsuit alleges she made about Italian Americans during a phone call to discuss the statue of Christopher Columbus removed from Arrigo Park.

That statue was taken away on Lightfoot’s orders in 2020 after it became the target of protests and vandalism. The statue is the property of the Chicago Park District, which was sued by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans seeking the statue’s return.

The comment that incensed Ron Onesti, president of the civic committee, was allegedly made during a video call the mayor had the evening of Columbus Day with several people, including two park district attorneys, after she killed a deal the district had made with Onesti’s group to allow the statue to be displayed at the Columbus Day parade, according to the lawsuit.

“You d--ks, what the f--k were you thinking?” Lightfoot is quoted as saying in the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, Lightfoot went on to accuse King and Smyrniotis of making “some kind of secret agreement with Italians, what you are doing, you are out there measuring your d--ks with the Italians seeing whose got the biggest d--k ... I am trying to keep Chicago Police officers from being shot and you are trying to get them shot. My d--k is bigger than yours and the Italians, I have the biggest d--k in Chicago.”
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On the call, Lightfoot told Smyrniotis: “Get that f--king statue back before noon tomorrow or I am going to have you fired.”

Thank you for standing up to the colonialists, Mayor Lightfoot!

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“It’s offensive. We’re Chicagoans first. That’s our mayor. And our mayor is talking about her constituency that way. About an ethnic group that way. A very large ethnic group,” Onesti said.

“There isn’t an ethnic group that deserves that kind of vulgar referencing. ... I’m astounded . . . It’s embarrassing and it’s insensitive.”

True leaders are unconcerned with popularity. It doesn't matter how large your ethnic group is. If you support Columbus, you instantly share in all the violence that Columbus initiated and hence deserve all the retaliatory violence that Columbus himself deserved (but unfortunately did not receive).

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“Her position is that the city of Chicago owns it,” Onesti said Thursday.

“The last time I checked, the city of Chicago is our people. We’re the people. We own it. We, as an organization, have a legal claim to it,” he added.

If you support Columbus, you are not even American, let alone Chicagoan. You are nothing but Western colonialists. This is what you look like to us (as Lightfoot accurately described):

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a3/Cod-Piece_by_Wendelin_Boeheim.jpg)
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on April 11, 2022, 02:55:28 am
Our enemies keep complaining about our activism:

https://vdare.com/posts/great-replacement-comes-for-gen-custer-democrats-in-michigan-push-to-remove-custer-monument

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LANSING — Michigan Democrats this weekend could call for the removal of a monument to Gen. George Custer in Monroe
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The Democratic resolution states Custer was “notoriously known as the ‘Indian Killer,'” and the statue is a “painful public reminder of the genocide of Indigenous peoples.”

About Custer:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Armstrong_Custer#Attacks_on_Indigenous_Peoples

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Deloria condemned Custer's violations of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty that established the Black Hills region as unceded territory of the Sioux and Arapaho peoples.[130] Custer's violations of the Fort Laramie Treaty included a 1874 gold expedition and the 1876 Battle of Greasy Grass (Battle of the Little Bighorn).[131]

Critics have also highlighted Custer's 1868 Washita River surprise attack that killed Cheyenne non-combatants including mothers, children, and elders. Custer was following Generals William Sherman and Philip Sheridan's orders for “total war” on the Indigenous nations. Describing total war methods, Sherman wrote, “We must act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux, even to their extermination, men, women, and children...during an assault, the soldiers can not pause to distinguish between male and female, or even discriminate as to age."[132] There is “credible evidence” that following the attack, Custer and his men took “sexual liberties” with female captives, in the euphemism of one historian.[133] Another historian writes, “There was a saying among the soldiers of the western frontier, a saying Custer and his officers could heartily endorse: ‘Indian women **** easy.’”[134]

Our enemies say:

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Custer’s Last Stand is our history. His statue in Monroe, Michigan celebrates our history.

Since they self-identify with Custer, we should treat them the same way we treated Custer.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on April 11, 2022, 10:07:25 pm
Awesome!

https://barenakedislam.com/2022/04/11/israel-josephs-tomb-one-of-the-holiest-places-in-judaism-has-been-set-fire-to-and-vandalized-by-muslims-twice-in-the-past-two-days/

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About 100 Palestinians marched to Joseph’s tomb in the city of Nablus late Saturday and set it on fire before being dispersed, Israeli military spokesman Brig. Gene. Ran Kochav told Israeli army radio. Photos showed parts of the grave smashed and charred, as well as damage to a chandelier hanging above it, a water tank and an electrical box, the Jerusalem Post reported. And for the second day in a row, Palestinians reportedly broke into Joseph’s Tomb again and vandalized the shrine.

Hitler explains who Joseph was:

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"Before the first clash with the Egyptians, the head scoundrel, the modest Joseph, had pretty
well prepared: the seven lean cows, all the granaries filled, the people raging with hunger, the
reigning Pharaoh a perfect flunky of the Jews, and Joseph, with a corner on the grain supply,
'ruler over all the land'! (Genesis 41:43). All the lamentations of the Egyptians were in vain;
the Jew held the warehouse closed with an iron fist until they, in return for a bit of bread, were
obliged to give away first their money, then their cattle and their land, and finally their
freedom. And suddenly the capital was swarming with Jews; old Jacob was there, and 'his
sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed' --
the entire hodgepodge (Genesis 46:7). And Joseph 'wept a good while' for joy. Afterward, he
said to his brothers: 'ye shall eat the fat of the land,' and 'the good of all the land of Egypt is
yours.' (Genesis 45:18,20)
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on April 28, 2022, 08:27:15 pm
While there have been many statues toppled since we started this topic, the following story reminds us that toppling statues is by itself not enough. So long as our enemies' bloodlines are not eliminated, they can keep putting the statues back up.

https://vdare.com/posts/nature-is-healing-whites-in-70-black-baltimore-rebuild-christopher-columbus-destroyed-in-george-floyd-riots-of-2020

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BALTIMORE — After a group of protesters threw Little Italy’s longtime Columbus statue into the Harbor two years ago, the statue has been recreated by a local sculptor.
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sculptor Will Hemsley also dedicated himself to rebuilding the solemn, marble Christopher Columbus statue, costing him about $80,000. The new sculpture is almost identical to the original one.

The only genuinely meaningful solution is to eliminate all enemy bloodlines. Why not begin with the Hemsley bloodline?

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Pica said Tuesday that the recreation of the sculpture is not necessarily about Columbus, but about what he represents as an incredible explorer who opened up the path between western Europe and the Americas.

In other words, it is about Columbus. **** your gaslighting, Western colonialist.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: rp on April 28, 2022, 08:38:07 pm
"It's not about Columbus, it's about Columbus"
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: SirGalahad on April 29, 2022, 12:48:35 pm
"It's not about Columbus, it's just about the entire eternal archetype that he represents"

Yeah that really makes us feel better about that  ;D
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on May 28, 2022, 08:06:12 pm
https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2022/05/23/in-replacing-monuments-communities-reconsider-how-the-west-was-won

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PORTLAND, Ore. — In June 2020, protesters at the University of Oregon in Eugene toppled a statue called The Pioneer, which depicted a White man with a gun slung over his shoulder and a whip in his hand, and a second sculpture titled The Pioneer Mother.

Both monuments had drawn criticism from Indigenous student groups and historians for commemorating settler violence in the West.

Even as Southern states face a reckoning over Confederate monuments, communities in the Western United States are beginning to reconsider monuments that, in many locations, celebrate what dominant American culture has portrayed as the conquering of the region by Europeans.

Among them are hundreds of pioneer monuments, many of which celebrate White dominance over Indigenous people as the nation expanded west. Some were toppled or damaged during the racial justice protests following the murder of George Floyd.

In Portland, protesters pulled down or damaged five statues in the summer and fall of 2020, including The Promised Land, a celebration of White westward expansion erected on the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail. Portland protesters also toppled monuments to Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, citing their policies and actions against Native Americans. And in Albuquerque, New Mexico, city officials removed a statue of the Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate after a shooting during a protest at the site.
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Pioneer Monuments

Pioneer monuments may appear to some observers as wholesome representations of the hard-working forebears of many White Westerners, said Cynthia Prescott, a professor of history at the University of North Dakota and the author of "Pioneer Mother Monuments." When she first began documenting the effects of 200 or so pioneer mother monuments across the West, she thought of the genre as "grandma in a sun bonnet."

But the monuments’ intent was far from benign.

She cites research from 2019 by University of Oregon scholar Marc Carpenter, who as a doctoral candidate looked at the speeches by donors and the intent of the sculptor when the Pioneer sculpture was installed at his university. (The same artist, Alexander Phimister Proctor, crafted the Roosevelt monument in Portland and a statue of Robert E. Lee in Dallas that was removed from public view in 2017 and now resides at a Texas golf resort.)

At the University of Oregon, it was obvious even to those who attended the installation of the statue that they were honoring not just White settlement, Carpenter suggests, but also remembering White dominance of Indigenous people. In a paper urging the University of Oregon to remove the Pioneer statue, Carpenter wrote that unlike the Confederate statues of the South, “in the West, our problematic monuments are to America’s other great sin, the violent seizure of Native lands and murder of Native peoples.”

"You don't have to dig very far to find out that there's a racial subtext intended here," Prescott said of pioneer memorials. "That was what donors and the people involved in their dedication are thinking about.”
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on June 24, 2022, 08:09:36 pm
Remember, holidays count as statues:

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/06/23/world/new-zealand-matariki-mori-new-year-first-indigenous-holiday-intl-hnk/index.html

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New Zealand celebrates Māori New Year as an official public holiday for the first time

 (CNN)For the first time, New Zealanders are enjoying an official public holiday this June 24 to celebrate Matariki -- also known as Māori New Year.

Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars, also known as the Pleiades, the rising of which is recognized by many of the country's Indigenous people as the start of the new year.

In a statement, the New Zealand government noted that this is "the first public holiday to recognize Te Ao Māori" or the Māori worldview. The official holiday was established in April, with the passing of the Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Act.
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Māori, who make up about 15% of New Zealand's population, were dispossessed of much of their land during Britain's colonization of the country. Thousands of Māori have protested for civil and social rights in recent years, and have criticized governments for failing to address social and economic inequalities.

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced a new curriculum with mandatory teaching of Māori history and British colonialism.

(https://static.sciencelearn.org.nz/images/images/000/003/964/embed/Matariki-Graphic-With-Title_KCC.png?1559707565)
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on July 06, 2022, 07:49:57 pm
Spread this idea!

https://twitter.com/bennydiego/status/1543595584522690560

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Mount Rushmore was way more beautiful before white men destroyed it.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FWvz_FxXwAIiE-m?format=jpg&name=900x900)

Woke responses:

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we can't have anything nice because of the colonists.

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We ruined a mountain so folks could stop for five minutes and take a vacation photo.

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Rushmore is an embarrassment. The Black Hills were beautiful, we ruined it in the most self serving and obscene way possible.

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Same can be said for the whole of North America.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on August 20, 2022, 05:27:56 pm
There is much work yet to be done:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/chicago-task-force-recommends-removal-214100089.html

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This week, the Chicago Monuments Project finally released its long-delayed report recommending a series of new public memorials across the city and the removal of several statues that the commission flagged for honoring white supremacy or disrespecting Indigenous peoples.
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Lightfoot’s task force recommended taking down several other monuments that negatively depict Indigenous people. One monument that should be removed, the commission said, is a statue honoring the Supreme Court chief justice who presided over Plessy v. Ferguson, which enshrined segregation.

The commission recommended removing the “Jacques Marquette-Louis Jolliet Memorial” because it “reinforces stereotypes about American Indians and glorifies a complicated and painful history of Western expansion. It features a cowering American Indian, following submissively in the footsteps of Marquette.”

A plaque honoring early Chicago settler John Kinzie should also be removed, the report said, because it “openly prioritizes whiteness and denies the existence of Native peoples, and earlier settler Jean Baptiste Point du Sable.” For similar reasons, the commission said the “Jean Baptiste Beaubien Plaque” should go.

Bridge reliefs on the DuSable bridge, including “The Defense,” “The Pioneers,” “Discoverers” and “Regeneration” should also be taken down because they show American Indians “as merely a foil to help define the heroic acts and qualities of colonizing forces,” though that would be challenging as they’re built into the physical structure.

Just use a jackhammer to chip them off from the sides! As I always say, there is nothing more poetically just than using Western tools to destroy Western civilization:

(https://c8.alamy.com/comp/RJNWWH/sculpture-of-defense-made-by-american-sculptor-henry-hering-decorated-bridge-tender-house-of-michigan-avenue-bridgechicagoillinoisusa-RJNWWH.jpg)

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The report also recommends taking down tablets dedicated to explorers De La Salle, Jolliet and Marquette. One of the plaques, it says, highlights “the first white men to pass through the Chicago River” and “explicitly voice(s) the ideology of white supremacy.”
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One professor, John Low, rebutted the notion that monuments simply document history.

“Monuments are not innocent. We have to understand the role of monuments and other commemorative sites and activities in developing a shared narrative of the past, present and future. These commemorations can ossify memory and create and perpetuate master narratives in which one view of past events is granted legitimacy at the expense of other views,” Low wrote. “They can contribute to a collective memory that all too quickly becomes accepted as truth. The Chicago Monuments Project presents the opportunity to reconsider our monuments and memorials and assess whether they fairly represent the histories and peoples of Chicago.”
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: rp on August 21, 2022, 09:42:50 am
https://youtu.be/RScMXlN51Tw
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on September 01, 2022, 05:30:50 pm
This is the correct attitude:

https://www.cltampa.com/news/florida-indigenous-groups-say-tampas-columbus-statue-will-come-down-one-way-or-another-14078990

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In the lead-up to Christopher Columbus Day on Oct. 10, local Indigenous groups have told City of Tampa officials to remove a Columbus statue from the park dedicated to him on Bayshore Boulevard and W Platt Street. But even if the city refuses to remove it, the group says the statue will come down.

“One way, or another the statue of Columbus must and will be removed,” the Florida Indigenous Alliance and the Florida American Indian Movement wrote in a letter addressed to the city.

There is no reason for Americans to defer to the decision of Western occupiers.

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The groups want the statue removed and for the city to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day. For Natives, Columbus represents slavery, ****, genocide, torture and other atrocities that he and his companions described in their own words and in their diaries.

 In the letter addressed to the city, the groups point out that Columbus even did horrific things to Native infants.

“Dominican Friar Bartolome De Las Casas recorded that Columbus hung Native people in rows of thirteen to honor Christ and his disciples, and further that Columbus had his men feed Native infants to dogs,” the letter reads.
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FIA says that Native Americans first asked for the statue to be removed in 1991, and spoke before council about the inhumanity that Columbus represents. But in the ensuing 31 years, the Indigenous people have only been met with resistance from the city. At a protest against the statue two years ago, Tampa Police Department officers surrounded the statue to protect it after it was covered in fake blood.

And leading up to that protest, TPD officers used taxpayer money to guard the statue morning and night after it had been tagged “BLM” and other messages during the George Floyd uprising.
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In 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis passed a law making it a felony for protestors to tear down or damage historical statutes, which would include Columbus statues and confederate monuments.

Do to DeSantis and the TPD what Columbus did his victims!

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FIA says that Columbus’ horrific and inhumane treatment of Indigenous Peoples endures today in America as Native women are raped and murdered near camps full of men that are established for fracking operations.

And recently, thousands of Native children have been discovered in mass graves in Canada, and many are being uncovered in the United States. The children were brutalized and killed in concentration camps called “residential boarding schools” from the mid 1800s until the late 1970s.

“The celebration of Columbus’s invasion of Caribe, Arawak, and Taino lands is a celebration of the subjugation of Indigenous Peoples and the theft of Indigenous lands,” FIA wrote. “Continuing [to] celebrate that kind of event impairs reconciliation and understanding.”

FIA said that part of ending celebrating genocide is removing monuments to the subjugation and genocide of Indigenous people. The group pointed out that in other cities, when people’s patience has run out, they’ve taken matters into their own hands and torn down Columbus statues. But the group says it hopes the City of Tampa will hear the voice of Natives and make things right before it has to reach that point.

I hope FIA has been buying plenty of firearms.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on September 09, 2022, 03:20:47 am
Defend Mayor Robinson!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cxanPuJNUc
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on October 10, 2022, 06:18:32 pm
https://us.yahoo.com/news/time-federal-government-goodbye-columbus-011827254.html

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It’s Time for the Federal Government to Say Goodbye to Columbus Day
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On Monday we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the United States. Well, some of us do.

Across the United States, tribal, federal, states, and local governments will be closed. They are closed because Monday is a federal holiday. Of course, the federal holiday does not celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Instead, the federal holiday celebrates Christopher Columbus, ignoring the actual history of the man.

Growing up, I was not taught Columbus really was a lost sailor who was heading in a whole different direction than the western hemisphere.

I was also not taught Columbus actually never set foot on the land that is now known as the United States.

Nor was I taught of the atrocities that Columbus and his men perpetrated on the innocent Indigenous peoples in the western hemisphere:  the raping of Indigenous women, the thievery of goods, and ultimately of the land.

No, what I was taught was a constructed false narrative that began in elementary school about how “Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492” and that he discovered America.

From early childhood as a young Potawatomi boy, I began to view history from a different lens than my non-Native students. Native Americans reject the notion you can discover land where inhabitants already live.

I questioned this as a child also. I was taught that Columbus discovered the New World and encountered the local inhabitants. I trivially deduced that this implied Columbus was not the first one there, and asked the teacher why Columbus was nevertheless credited with the discovery. The idiot teacher couldn't answer it. (This was the same idiot teacher who couldn't answer my question of how Adam and Eve are said to be the first humans considering that Cain is explicitly stated to have found his wife in another land already inhabited by many more humans.)

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So, Columbus Day was a federal holiday that I felt uneasy about as it approached each October. Even as a child, I felt sick for the portrayal of Columbus as a hero, knowing our country’s constructed history was a hoax.

As an adult, I learned our Indigenous ancestors paid a premium price because of Columbus.
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To Native Americans, Columbus is not considered a hero to be placed on a pedestal; rather, he is considered a dishonored villain. Indigenous people believe that a man who set in motion the mass genocide of this land’s first people should not be honored or glorified.

For this reason, Native Americans  have worked to change the celebration of Columbus Day to instead be called Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  In recent years, in cities and states around the country, Indigenous Peoples’ Day has gained recognition.

Now, it is time for the federal government to say goodbye to Columbus and fully embrace Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Last year, in his first year in office, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day. He was the first U.S. president to do so.

Last Friday, Biden declared Monday, October 10, 2022 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
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Keeping Columbus Day as a federal holiday allows the constructed hoax of Columbus discovering America to be perpetuated from one generation of Americans to the next.  That needs to change.

I agree.
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on November 01, 2022, 03:34:22 pm
https://edition.cnn.com/2022/10/27/us/richmond-virginia-confederate-statue-reaj-trnd/index.html

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A Tuesday court ruling has cleared the way for Richmond, Virginia, to remove its last-standing Confederate statue.

The statue, standing at the intersection of the city’s Hermitage Road and Laburnum Avenue, depicts A.P. Hill, a Confederate general killed during the Third Battle of Petersburg in the American Civil War. The statue was erected on top of the general’s burial site.
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Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney celebrated the ruling in a statement shared with CNN.

“We’re gratified by Judge Cheek’s ruling. This is the last stand for the Lost Cause in our city,” said Stoney in the statement.

 :)
Title: Re: Statue decolonization
Post by: 90sRetroFan on November 07, 2022, 08:43:19 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x9WQ_OHkvo

Woke comments:

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Roosevelt said Churchill hindered negotiations with the Chinese, who Churchill referred to as "pigtails", as he "was obsessed with the colour of their skin". Churchill wasn't just a child of the empire, he was everything colonialism represented. His treatment of our Indian allies is a huge example of his attitude to non-white people.

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If anyone was interested in factual history, they would open their eyes and realise how racist Churchill was. English history in English schools is taught through fluffy rose-tinted glasses. His involvement in the intentional and deliberate enabling of counntless atrocities carried out by a militia he sent to Ireland in the 1920's, known as the 'black and tans', is very well known, except in Britain itself.

See also:

http://aryanism.net/blog/aryan-sanctuary/mainstream-admits-churchill-was-defending-western-civilization/