Removal of Junipero Serra Statue on I-280 in San Mateo

Removal of Junipero Serra Statue on I-280 in San Mateo

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Julia Moritz started this petition to Governor Gavin Newsom and

 


It is far past time to remove the Statue of Father Junipero Serra on Interstate 280 N before Crystal Springs Rest Stop. As we hold ourselves accountable of this country's long history of racist violence, we must also hold ourselves accountable to the violences against native peoples and end the glorification of their murderers. The statue glorifying Junipero Serra is a disgrace, and continues a legacy of violence and brutality. If we are to condemn the enslavement, rape, brutality, and genocide of native peoples of California brought with the mission system in this state, we must condemn this kind of public art. As we stand for cultural shifts in the recognization of the brutality of humans in California and American history, this statue is a grotesque reminder of the genocide carried out by Serra. This is not a person to be glorified nor monumentalized. The statue must be removed.

The statue in concern is on right of way owned by the California Depatrment of Transportation.



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