Remove Columbus Statue From Infront of Waterbury City Hall

Remove Columbus Statue From Infront of Waterbury City Hall

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This petition calls for the removal of the Christopher Columbus Statue from in front of Waterbury, CT City Hall.

Christopher Columbus represents the glorification of colonization. He is a figure that represents the brutal genocide, slavery, and exploitation of Indigenous peoples. Waterbury has changed time and time again over history evolving into a multicultural representation of America. It is important to recognize the symbol of white superiority Christopher Columbus is both globally and in these United States.

By leaving the statue up the city denies the role people of color, especially Indigenous peoples, have played in preserving and nurturing the Greater Waterbury region. The statue evokes unpleasant feelings for those who understand the horrors of colonialism.

  •  This petition calls for the statue to be moved off the front of City Hall
  • This petition calls for the statue to be moved to a museum. It acknowledges the value of the time capsule and the rich history of Italian Americans.
  • This petition calls for city events and education to promote an accurate recollection of history during the national Christopher Columbus Holiday
  • This petition calls for the city to recognize Indigenous Peoples day
  • This petition calls for local artwork, statues, signs in acknowledgment of historically relevant local leaders. (Esp. minority leaders and women who are underacknowledged)
  • This petition calls for an open forum with city residents to discuss the issues surrounding this controversy with politicians.

Photo Credit Link: https://statues.vanderkrogt.net/object.php?record=usct17