Aug 31, 2017

Christopher Columbus statue beheaded in New York

A statue of Christopher Columbus in Manhattan. (Bebeto Matthews / AP)

A bronze statue of Christopher Columbus in Yonkers, New York, was found beheaded Wednesday, per NBC. Police found the head of the statue nearby. This incident comes days after protestors vandalized a monument to Columbus in Baltimore.

  • Statues of Columbus, who spearheaded violence against Native Americans, are among the monuments around the country that have come under scrutiny as racist symbols after the violence in Charlottesville.
  • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is currently reviewing a statue of the explorer at Columbus Circle as part of a larger look into racist monuments in the city.
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