Minnesotans Want To Replace Christopher Columbus Statue With Prince
To date, 2,645 people have signed a petition to take down the Christopher Columbus statue at the State Capitol building to replace with a statue of Prince.
The next target on the list of removing racist images from this blood-stained country is the supposed “discoverer” of America, Christopher Columbus. A Minnesota community group has organized a petition to replace the statue currently located at the State Capitol building in St. Paul with a statue of the seven-time, history-shifting, genre-bending artist, Prince.
The petition was created by Wintana Melekin, titled it “Replace Columbus Statue with a Prince Statue and One Chosen by the Native Community, and addressed it specifically to Governor Dayton and the State Legislature of Minnesota. Prince, a Minnesota native and legend, is just one of the many calls by the people to remove statues of white supremacists, slave owners and those who threatened black people with those who are celebrated by all people of all races.
In Virginia, there is a call for a Missy Elliott statue, while the urging of the Minnesota community to take down a man who raped, pillaged and enslaved black and Native Americans in the country he “discovered,” has become a hot talking point in Minnesota. “We, the undersigned, do not believe that Columbus represents the values Minnesotans carry. Rather than glorify a man who wanted to extinguish black and Native peoples, we should honor members of our community whose leadership we find inspiration,” the petition’s description read.
“I spend a lot of time at our State Capitol,” Melekin said to Watch the Yard. “It’s a space that already does not feel inviting or inclusive to communities of color. To see Columbus every day in front of the building does not make it feel more welcoming. So, I put the petition together because I wanted to see someone, Prince, at the capitol because he represents a part of Minnesota that we are all proud of.” Wintana Melekin’s previous petition—making May 23 Beyoncé Day in Minnesota—a holiday in Minnesota, so she has a successful rating in making changes and we hope (and encourage) you all to support by signing the petition.
Other cities across the country are actively engaging in trying to remove Confederate and racist statues and monuments. Most recently in Los Angeles, as in Minneapolis and St. Paul, situations have been enacted to remove Columbus Day as a holiday and replace it with Indigenous People’s Day. “The replacement of Columbus is about the deep history of white supremacy and colonialism in the United States and the need for Minnesota to lead the country in this moment,” Melekin said. “We all know Prince is a genius and who wouldn’t pick him over Columbus anyway.”
We know we would, Wintana, we would. What do you think, @Okayplayers? Speak on it in the comments section below.
Source: Raw Story