Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for CBS News, focusing on sports and stories that involve issues of race and culture. For Estevez, who has fought his entire life for the recognition of the Taíno, the statues that continue to stand are a stark reminder of the consequences his tribe suffered as a result of him. he said. Locally, a … Copyright © 2021 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered their temporary removal in response to the ongoing protests. Several Italian Americans had … The Columbus statue in Chicago’s Grant Park, which crews had wrapped in a covering to protect during demonstrations and attempts to remove it. In June, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is Italian American himself, said he intends to keep it there. / CBS News. "They rather wanted to extract value from them, exploit them.". Columbus forced natives into mining gold, Brazilwood, pearls and other resources –  a practice that was adopted by other colonizers after him. After 140 years at the park, the statue was removed Tuesday Columbus statue had been in the park for 140 years. On the same day, the mayor of Syracuse, N.Y., also ordered a Columbus statue’s removal. The mayor’s decision was criticized by some in the city. Crews removed Christopher Columbus statues from two Chicago parks early Friday. "I had never seen a Columbus statue, but when I first did, all that understanding of the atrocities that was committed, it's right there in front of you," he said. And I get a statue.'". Statue of Christopher Columbus, Columbus, WI Statue of the explorer dedicated in the 1980s. Statues of Columbus have also been taken down in other American cities, including Boston, Richmond, Va., and St. Paul, Minn., where a group of protesters tied ropes around the statue’s neck and yanked it from its pedestal outside of the State Capitol last month, about 10 miles from where a Minneapolis police officer pinned his knee on George Floyd’s neck. Pittsburgh’s five-member Art Commission recommended Wednesday that the Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park should be removed, and, in the opinion of … “This statue coming down is because of the effort of Black and Indigenous activists who know the true history of Columbus and what he represents,” one resident, Stefan Cuevas-Caizaguano, told The Chicago Sun-Times while watching the removal in Grant Park. In Roanoke, Va., this week The A.P. Statues of Columbus have also been toppled or vandalized in other U.S. cities as protesters have called for the removal of statues of Columbus, saying that he … The statue of Christopher Columbus in San Francisco's Pioneer Park was removed by the city early Thursday June 18, 2020. Statues of Columbus have been vandalized or removed in recent weeks, including one torn down by protesters in Richmond, Va. Another statue of Columbus was beheaded in … Columbus is a figure whose worthiness of a statue and a namesake holiday has been repeatedly questioned, even before the protests. Statues of Columbus have also been taken down in other American cities, dozens of cities, statues or monuments portraying Confederates and other historic figures. Mayor Lightfoot’s office said on Wednesday, after a “brief and straightforward” conversation with the president, that those forces will be “investigatory” and coordinated through the United States Attorney’s office. Since June, statues of Columbus have been either toppled by protesters, voted to be removed or stored away to avoid vandalism, with their futures being decided. Native American gold mine. A statue of Christopher Columbus at Grant Park in Chicago is removed early on July 24, 2020. A Columbus statue was also removed in Arrigo Park in Little Italy, the mayor’s office said in a statement. There has been a push to remove controversial statues across the country. With camouflage-clad federal agents already sweeping through the streets of Portland, President Trump has said he plans to deploy federal law enforcement to Chicago and other major cities — all controlled by Democrats. Biden administration says no. A statue of Christopher Columbus was removed from in front of City Hall in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday. "For [the statues] coming down, it's almost like a weight off my chest because it's like a validation," he told CBS News. Christopher Columbus Statues Taken Down After Mayor Lightfoot Orders Them ‘Temporarily Removed’ From Grant Park, Arrigo Park CHICAGO (CBS)– After protests, demonstrations and violent clashes with police, Chicago’s Christopher Columbus statues have been removed from both Grant Park and Arrigo Park. Statues of Confederate leaders and the explorer Christopher Columbus have been torn down in the US, as pressure grows on authorities to remove monuments connected to … Some states want to buy their own vaccines. On Friday, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Pueto ordered the removal of the Columbus statue in Schenley Park. The statue's head, damaged overnight, was recovered by the Boston Police Department, as a movement to remove statues commemorating slavers and colonizers continues to sweep across the U.S. Statues of Columbus have also been toppled or vandalized in other U.S. cities as protesters have called for their removal, saying that Columbus is … Chicago aldermen are divided over the removal of two Christopher Columbus statues, with some praising the move while others felt “blindsided,” according to reports. For many Italian-Americans, Columbus represents a different legacy. "It's really harsh when you think about it. Seeing them come down has been meaningful for Jorge Baracutei Estevez, the cacike, or chief, of the Higuayagua Taíno, a cultural group dedicated to the rescue of Taino culture and language. Crews removed statues of the explorer from Grant Park and Arrigo Park early on Friday. “In addition, our public safety resources must be concentrated where they are most needed throughout the city, and particularly in our South and West Side communities,” the statement said. CBS News reached out to Cuomo's office to see if his position changed as Columbus Day – which many now refer to as Indigenous People's Day – nears, but did not receive a response. PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Art Commission has voted to remove the Christopher Columbus monument in Schenley Park. Engraving from 'Americae partes', 1590. Four protesters were also hurt in the confrontation, and the police said 14 people were arrested, it reported. Teen allegedly stole some $980,000 from supermarket where he worked, California Privacy/Information We Collect. protesters clashed with police officers at the Christopher Columbus statue. Reséndez estimated between 2.5 and 5 million natives were enslaved throughout the Americas from 1492 to the 19th century. Protesters have said that Columbus’s arrival in the New World led to the genocide and exploitation of Indigenous populations in the Americas. He cited one of the largest single-day lynchings in the country happened in New Orleans in 1891, when 11 Italian Americans were killed. "I understand the feelings about Christopher Columbus and some of his acts which nobody would support," he said at a briefing. The Taíno people were virtually wiped out in the decades after Columbus first arrived on the island of Hispaniola, where Haiti and the Dominican Republic sit today. After George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25, protests flooded the country and forced America to reckon with its past. The J. E. B. 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