Chicago Mayor Orders Late-Night Removal of Two Christopher Columbus Statues

Chicago Mayor Orders Late-Night Removal of Two Christopher Columbus Statues

Chicago Mayor Orders Late-Night Removal of Two Christopher Columbus Statues

Protesters for racial equality have targeted Columbus monuments across the United States, challenging heroic portrayals of him in American education that downplay or ignore the explorer's cruelty toward indigenous people of the Americas.

"If you look at all the murders and the situation going on in Chicago, I didn't know that Christopher Columbus was responsible for that", Lt. Col.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, ordered the removal of the statue, as well as another in Little Italy.

Both the Grant Park and Arrigo Park statues were vandalized last month.

"This step is about an effort to protect public safety and to preserve a safe space for an inclusive and democratic public dialogue about our city's symbols". Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union has sued the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Service and the city of Portland for attacking medics while they cared for injured protesters.

In June a 3m (10ft) bronze statue of Columbus was toppled in Saint Paul, Minnesota, while another in Boston, which stands on a plinth at the heart of town, was beheaded.

Chicago said it would soon announce a formal process to address all its monuments, memorials and murals, part of a review under way in many cities to diversify monuments that have overwhelmingly honored white men.

"The Italian American community feels betrayed".

Newly elected Texas Republican Party Chair Allen West said on Friday that the targeting of the Christopher Columbus statues in Chicago is a "distraction" over the violence that has erupted.

"The Mayor's Office is giving into a vocal and destructive minority".

Earlier in the night, Wheeler was jeered as he tried to rally demonstrators who have clashed nightly with federal agents sent in by President Donald Trump to quell ongoing unrest in the city. A collection of activist groups had filed suit Thursday, seeking to block federal agents to combat violent crime from interfering in or policing protests.

State officials in OR had sued for similar requests following the arrival of federal law enforcement due to almost two months of protests in Portland since the death of George Floyd.

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