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« Last Edit: July 18, 2020, 02:12:31 am by 90sRetroFan »

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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #18 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.

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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #19 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

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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #20 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.

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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #21 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.

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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #22 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.

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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #23 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.

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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #24 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!
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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #26 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!



(And again, what is with all these implicitly Turanian compositions for statues of colonialists?)

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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #27 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.....)
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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #28 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

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