Baltimore: Christopher Columbus Statue Toppled By Protesters

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Protestors pull down the statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore, MD (Screenshot from Twitter)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the city’s Inner Harbor on Saturday night.

Demonstrators used ropes to topple the monument near the Little Italy neighborhood, news outlets reported.

Protesters mobilized by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have called for the removal of statues of Columbus, Confederate figures and others. They say the Italian explorer is responsible for the genocide and exploitation of native peoples in the Americas.

According to The Baltimore Sun, the statue was owned by the city and dedicated in 1984 by former Mayor William Donald Schaefer and President Ronald Reagan.

A spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young told The Sun the toppling of the statue is a part of a national and global reexamination over monuments “that may represent different things to different people.”

“We understand the dynamics that are playing out in Baltimore are part of a national narrative,” Lester Davis said.

Statues of Columbus have also been toppled or vandalized in cities such as Miami; Richmond, Virginia; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Boston, where one was decapitated.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, so the BLACK Mayor, Bernard Young is okay with the desecration of City property. He is inciting violence with his approval of this behaviour. And then the lemechels who live there are ever so makpid NOT to daven with a minyan. Keep listening to your wonderful Mayor. Idiots.

    • We didn’t daven with a minyan because we actually listened to our rabanim,even if we didn’t understand 100%. B”H we are back in Shul, and are schools opened right after Shavuos, your yeshivas are still closed. (I understand DeBlasio is great!) We never voted for Young. As for Mayor Young we voted him out for a reason, he only got 6%. Not even the blacks voted for him

      • The yeshivos and batei knisiyus are all open here, in Brooklyn. Even the centers of mesira are currently open. DeBlasio already said schools will open in September. All day camps are up and running. Sleepaway camps are starting today. Don’t know much about the crime ridden Baltimore, but here things are moving along, thank you very much.

      • We listened to our rabbonim and attended outdoor miyan. BH nobody got ill or hurt form it. Studies show that outoddor congerating is fine. Many yeshivas opened pesach shine in NY and are doing fine

  2. Spineless and ignorant mayor. Where is the Mafia? Are there any Italian groups over there with any sense of pride or responsibility?
    Shame

    • Where did you learn your revisionist history. All Columbus did was discover America. (actually Latin America) It was later explorers and immigrants who harassed the natives living here. In any case I view as no different than one country invading another country which was pretty common in those days.

  3. Hey, Mr. “F”, it is you who need to get your history lessons correct. Under the supervision of Columbus, his crews and the Spanish settlers engaged in despicable atrocities, torture, and murder against the native residents of the island of Hispaniola, which is now Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Millions were subjugated, starved, tortured, and murdered by the Spanish settlers.

  4. The Yidden in Baltimore are living in pachad. They cant leave. They are not wealthy and quite frankly they never were that bright to start with.

    That’s how most if not all Jewish communities in the USA think and behave. They are hoping, praying and believing that things will get better. They will not. America is on a fast decline.

    Its time to leave. If you value your life you ought to think about leaving.

  5. I could not care less about statues but the lack of law and order by these violent floyd protestors needs to be stopped . We can’t allow people to loot and destroy what’s not theirs for weeks on end .? We can’t allow a situation where cltzens are scared to go out at night , citizens who chose to protect themselves can either get clubbed over their head or they need guns .

    We need to ban all Floyd protestors . Any protestors will be tear gased . Anyone being violent we will shoot to kill. Enough already of these wild animals

  6. So all of a sudden ‘frum Jews’ care about American history? They don’t celebrate the FOURTH OF JULY or THANKSGIVING! Maybe they are less patriotic than BLM and ‘leftists’ here. Police brutality is unpatriotic.

    • Who told you that frum Jews don’t celebrate the Fourth of July? It should be noted that immediately after 9/11/01, many Yeshivahs in frum neighborhoods, placed American flags in front of their buildings.

    • The menahel of Bais Yaakov a’h closed Bais Yaakov on thanksgiving rightfully stating tht thanksgiving is a seudah todoah.Having lived in Europe ansd experienced Hitler’s KZ I agree 100%

  7. Avrum: What are you talking about? Jews in Baltimore have the same mentality of those in New York which is the same as Jews all over the world, outside of Israel. They learned nothing from Europe. The hand-writing is on the wall. Society is collapsing and it is never a good situation for our people.

    Who told you that Jews in Baltimore are poor? It’s the mentality that is poor.

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