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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #60 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.”





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:



NEVER FORGIVE. NEVER FORGET.
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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #61 on: March 30, 2021, 12:40:10 am »
Good for Mexico and Mexico city! This is awesome!  :)

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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #62 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.

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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #63 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.”

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« Reply #64 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.

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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #65 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!

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« Reply #66 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!

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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #67 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.

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« Reply #68 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.

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Re: Statue decolonization
« Reply #69 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.

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« Reply #70 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.

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« Reply #71 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.

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« Reply #72 on: June 07, 2021, 09:50:23 pm »
Beheading statues increase morale:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM5Bo-5qZL0

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« Reply #73 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.

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« Reply #74 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

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