Remove Columbus Statue in Los Angeles

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We the undersigned support the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue located at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.

We believe it is high time that the City of Los Angeles is more inclusive of the original inhabitants of Los Angeles the Tongva, who were nearly annihilated through genocide, and the growing Chicano -"Latino" community whom have a history deep in our city and ancestral connections to the indigenous people of California.

What this statue represents to our community as well as many other colonial monuments is violence, racism, marginalization, and the continued denial of the genocide of indigenous people.  A past we still struggle with because we are reminded of it daily with the honoring of Christopher Columbus in Grand Park. Columbus killed millions of indigenous people through slavery and policies of systematic extermination. Under his rule his men hanged indigenous people in mass, roasted them at the stake, hacked children to be used as dog food.  Columbus was a slaver of indigenous people and facilitated the sexual exploitation of indigenous women and girls as young as nine; He profited from the pain of our ancestors and this is being commemorated in Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. Columbus is the architect of a genocide that is comparable to Hitler’s “Final Solution”. Let us also not forget that Columbus is the father of the transatlantic slave trade! A crime against humanity that started human trafficking across the Atlantic. The violent and forced transportation of millions of people from Africa to the Western Hemisphere that lasted over three centuries.

October 12, 1492 marks the beginning of our Holocaust with the arrival of Christopher Columbus. 100 million Indigenous people were massacred on this continent. A holocaust were 95% of our ancestors were exterminated.  It is the largest and most atrocious genocide ever committed in the history of humanity. As descendants of the 5% that survived this genocide known as Mexicans, “Central Americans”, “South Americans”, “Native Americans” and those in solidarity with them are asking the city of Los Angeles to stop honoring the man who started this genocide, that we as indigenous people are still under, known as Christopher Columbus.  The statue of Columbus represents his legacy of mass murdering, raping, pillaging, torturing, and the enslaving Indigenous men, women, children, and babies of the western hemisphere.  

We believe that the Los Angeles City Council going on the historic decision to recognize Indigenous people on Indigenous People's Day has the understanding and would be open to finally removing these monuments that commemorated the genocide of indigenous people and replace them with monuments to our Indigenous ancestors or Chicano ancestors. There are about 600 monuments of Christopher Columbus erected all over the world and it is time to show the world that Los Angeles will do the morally right thing and will no longer honor genocide by replacing the statue of Columbus with the statue of an Indigenous or Chicano hero of California. 

We propose the following heroes who resisted the injustices of their time:

Toypurina

Kintpuash "Captain Jack"

Tiburcio Vásquez

Joaquín Murrieta

This petition will be delivered to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council.

Drafted by Nican Tlaca Women Warriors & Partido Nacional de La Raza Unida



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