Take Down the Statue of Christopher Columbus

Take Down the Statue of Christopher Columbus

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Melissa Boiko
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The appropriateness of celebrating Christopher Columbus is something that has become more popular discourse in recent years. Although it is widely taught that Columbus “discovered” the Americas, he could not have “discovered” land that was already occupied by indigenous groups. Many believe celebrating Columbus is glorifying European colonialism. Columbus is not a figure to be celebrated, as he enslaved and killed the Taíno. Him and his men also sexually abused Taíno women and girls, some as young as 9 years old. He was even arrested in his own time for crimes he committed against Spanish colonists, which included flogging and executions without trial.

For these reasons, the statue of Christopher Columbus in Elizabeth should be removed.

Thank you to Carter Muelle and Daniel Cano for helping with this.