Christopher Columbus statue in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park vandalized

The Christopher Columbus statue in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park was vandalized Monday evening. It has been vandalized multiple times in the past.Click the video player above to see the vandalized statue. 4Phrases such as “no more racist rapist” were spray-painted on the statue that stands along Schenley Drive in Oakland.”Vandalism is never right. I disagree with vandalism even for the people who thought that they were doing right,” Bill Fries said.Miguel Sague said he doesn’t agree with vandalism either, but when he sees the statue said he feels, “Slavery, conquest, humiliation — and that’s what we suffered at the hands of Columbus and the people who came after him.”Sague is on the board of directors for the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center. He also said his ancestors were directly impacted by Columbus.”They are original people that lived in the Caribbean Islands when Christopher Columbus arrived there,” said Sague.Prem Rajgopal started a petition to move the statue to a museum where he said Columbus’s role in history can be explained and put another statue in its place.”Statues aren’t just history. History is taught in our textbooks and our classrooms and our museums and a statue like this having a place in public property really isn’t in anyway teaching anyone history. It’s just symbolizing hatred and white supremacy,” said Rajgopal.Helen Fries said, “I don’t agree with the removal of statues. I think history is history. I think telling the true story via plaques in front the statues is a more appropriate thing to do, but to remove them, I’m not so sure I agree with that.”Rajgopal believes the statue will continue to be vandalized until the topic is addressed by the city. The art commission oversees all city owned statues and they plan to meet next week. Police were at the statue Monday evening and are investigating.

The Christopher Columbus statue in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park was vandalized Monday evening. It has been vandalized multiple times in the past.

Click the video player above to see the vandalized statue. 4

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Phrases such as “no more racist rapist” were spray-painted on the statue that stands along Schenley Drive in Oakland.

“Vandalism is never right. I disagree with vandalism even for the people who thought that they were doing right,” Bill Fries said.

Miguel Sague said he doesn’t agree with vandalism either, but when he sees the statue said he feels, “Slavery, conquest, humiliation — and that’s what we suffered at the hands of Columbus and the people who came after him.”

Sague is on the board of directors for the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center. He also said his ancestors were directly impacted by Columbus.

“They are original people that lived in the Caribbean Islands when Christopher Columbus arrived there,” said Sague.

Prem Rajgopal started a petition to move the statue to a museum where he said Columbus’s role in history can be explained and put another statue in its place.

“Statues aren’t just history. History is taught in our textbooks and our classrooms and our museums and a statue like this having a place in public property really isn’t in anyway teaching anyone history. It’s just symbolizing hatred and white supremacy,” said Rajgopal.

Helen Fries said, “I don’t agree with the removal of statues. I think history is history. I think telling the true story via plaques in front the statues is a more appropriate thing to do, but to remove them, I’m not so sure I agree with that.”

Rajgopal believes the statue will continue to be vandalized until the topic is addressed by the city. The art commission oversees all city owned statues and they plan to meet next week.

Police were at the statue Monday evening and are investigating.