Removal of Christopher 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 Indigenous 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”.
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 genocide that exterminated 95% of the native population. 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 we 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. 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, that symbolically represents terrorism against indigenous people, with the statue of Toypurina who was an Indigenous hero women warrior that resisted against the colonization of her land by Spanish missionaries in California; which were committing genocide and cultural oppression against the Tongva people.
Toypurina's statue will serve as a symbol and a reminder of indigenous resistance, strength, resilience, and survival to colonization through her legacy of bravery and wisdom. She will also represent the ultimate form strength, the indigenous woman fighter, the mother who protects her children and her people.
This petition will be delivered to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council.
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