News: Statues of Columbus in Baltimore and New York destroyed
This past weekend, the oldest monument in the United States, dedicated to Christopher Columbus, was destroyed in Baltimore. Last night a bronze bust of Columbus in a park in Yonkers, a suburb of New York City, was destroyed. Over two dozen grave markers and monuments dedicated to African-American leaders, the Confederacy or individual Confederate leaders have been seriously vandalized in the past month. The precise number is not known because most cases are being treated as local law enforcement issues and are not getting national publicity.
Violence begets violence . . . so undoubtedly this latest craze by the crazies will get worse before it gets better.
Of course, most indigenous Americans are not fond of Christopher Columbus. Pressure from indigenous peoples in several parts of Latin America have caused governments to relocate statues of Columbus from prominent locations. That’s one thing. Vandalism is another.
Violent destruction of public art and gravestones represents a deep seated hostility toward someone, society or some institution. It is symptomatic of transferred aggression (aka sadism) that also manifests itself among pyromaniacs, parents who beat their children after a bad day at work or gangs of thugs ganging up on a helpless person of another race.
We, here, at the People of One Fire continue to believe that the best way to honor the lives of our ancestors is to learn as much as possible about who they were and how they lived.
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