A mob of vandals in Richmond, Virginia toppled and destroyed a statue of sailor and explorer Christopher Columbus on Tuesday night.
The Columbus statue, previously located in Byrd Park in Richmond, was defaced with red paint at some point on Tuesday.
A leader of the vandalism rally could later be heard calling for the statue’s destruction to the mob, claiming that the Columbus statue is “oppressing people of color” and that it “needs to go.”
Police were reportedly present at the scene, but failed to prevent the vandals from destroying the cultural statue. The vandals were prevented from destroying a statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, however.
The protestors dismounted the statue from its place, and later went on to dump it in a paddle boat lake.
Christopher Columbus is one of the most significant people in world history, having discovered the New World for western civilization. The vandals point to his use of slave labor in American settlements, largely ignoring that the indigenous peoples of the Americas practiced slavery as well- as did nearly every major culture in the pre-liberal historical era.
Columbus monuments and commemoration are increasingly a target for the fanatical cultural left, with many elite universities and progressive city government moving to abolish Columbus Day from the calendar. A handful of conservatives and some Italian-American heritage groups have sought to fight back against the left’s attempted cleansing of American history, achieving only a small degree of success.
The cultural crime is broadly akin to that practiced by criminal and terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, which seeks to destroy the cultural monuments of its enemies in order to intimidate and terrorize them.
Minnesota Governor Asking President Trump to Declare Riots a Federal Disaster In Hope of Receiving Bailout Funds
Weren’t they peaceful protestors?
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is requesting that President Donald Trump declare the recent rounds of race riots in Minneapolis a federal emergency, so that the state may access federal bailout funds intended for communities affected by disasters.
Governor Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey largely stood by idly as race rioters destroyed and damaged more than 700 buildings in the riots, which occurred after the controversial death of George Floyd during a questionable arrest at the hands of the Minneapolis police department. The property damage from the widespread riots is estimated to range in the tens of millions, and Frey is already pushing a federal bailout to repair the damages enabled by his unwillingness to prevent criminality and support of the rioters’ “message.”
Governor Walz referenced the victims of the riots in a statement requesting the bailout, callously ignoring that the victims of the riots were not only victimized by criminal riots, but simply ignored in their hour of need by state and local officials unwilling to confront left-wing criminality in the name of “justice.”
“We’re asking our federal partners to step up and help our communities recover,” demanded Governor Walz. “We need to come together to ensure Minnesotans who were victims of this destruction have access to critical infrastructure they need so they can go to the grocery store, pick up their medication, and live their lives. Together, we will rebuild.”
The Governor’s estimate of property damage from the riots is considerably greater than what the mayor estimated, claiming that combined damages from the destruction could cost as much as $500 million.
In the new world of unabated criminality and violent destruction from vicious gangs in Democrat-controlled cities, Democrat officials will always be prepared to come cup in hand to American taxpayers with hopes of funding the repairs of the rioting that they enabled, allowed, and perhaps even tacitly supported. No responsibility or integrity.
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