Columbus Statue Replaced in Venezuela

A statue in Venezuela of Christopher Columbus, which was taken down in 2004, has been replaced by a statue of Guiacaipuro, “the Indigenous chief who led the resistance against Spanish colonialism”:

Guaicaipuro statue was unveiled in a ceremony held the morning of Monday.

Columbus statue replaced by Guiacaipuro statue, above

But an analyst at Telesur notes that many examples (in addition to the continued existence of Columbus Day as a US federal holiday) illustrate that Columbus’s legacy is very much alive, such as:

  • September 2015 – Juniper Serra christened as a “Catholic saint” by even Latin America’s most progressive pope.
  • July 2015 – Dressing up in Red Face and Portraying Native-Americans as Savage Attackers is “Fun” for Kids
  • June 2015 – Native-Americans are still struggling to protect their lands from U.S. government land grabs.
  • June 2015 – Mapuche in Chile are arrested after speaking out against 40 dam projects on their ancestral land.

And The Free Thought Project notes that the US government, to this day, uses the so-called Doctrine of Discovery, which Columbus declared upon his arrival by performing a religious ritual, to “uniformly deny” rights to Indigenous people.

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