Protesters Target Christopher Columbus Statue in Latest Demonstration

The newest statue in the line of sight of protesters is Christopher Columbus at City Hall in Columbus, Ohio.

Several demonstrators gathered over the weekend before one of several monuments for the man in the city that bears his name.

The event was gathered in response to the clash in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in the death of one and the injuries of many.

An organizer of this rally, Tynan Krakoff, says they are standing up to the resurgence of racism and discrimination in the US.

“Charlottesville is not an anomaly. There are symbols and institutions of white supremacy everywhere.”

One demonstrator, Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. 

“Christopher Columbus was an agent of and continues to be a symbol of the genocide of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.”

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther responded to the rally with a written statement.

“I support the removal of monuments celebrating the Confederacy, but I would urge people to remember that the disturbing and tragic events that unfolded in Charlottesville were not about statues, but about persistent racism in our country. There are many perspectives on the Christopher Columbus statue, but let’s not be distracted from the need to address the real problem: the racial divide in our community and across the country.”

No violence was reported at the rally, but two teens and another protester was arrested.

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