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Re: Statue decolonization
« on: June 30, 2020, 01:42:25 am »
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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 They say the figure's connection to colonialism and indigenous genocide makes the conquistador outdated, highlighting the region's changing attitudes about its colonial past.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.
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