Detroit statue vandalized amid ongoing racial unrest in US cities
DETROIT A Detroit statue was found vandalized on Michigan Avenue at Washington Boulevard Saturday as racial unrest continues to shake up cities across the country. The vandalized statue located in the Washington Boulevard Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places decades ago. The Gen. Alexander Macomb monument looking north on Washington Boulevard in Detroit was targeted. The statue was found vandalized with the words, Slave Owner Land Thief spray painted with red on it after protesters held a rally in Detroit Saturday night. Amid the ongoing racial unrest and protests Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan ordered the citys Christopher Columbus bust to be removed.
Columbus statue toppled by Baltimore protesters
BALTIMORE Baltimore protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the city's Inner Harbor on Saturday night. 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. 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.
Protesters demand removal of Confederate statue in Allendale Township
People from both sides of the national debate on removing historical statues clashed Saturday during a protest over a Confederate monument in Allendale Community Park. Organizers of Saturdays protest are a part of an effort to get Allendale Township officials to remove the statue located in the parks Veterans Garden of Honor. The statue features a Confederate and Union soldier standing with a young slave crouched down between them. While some protesters chanted about removing the statue others attended the demonstration in support of it. Headlines on national debate to remove historical statues:
Petition started to remove Monroe statue of General Custer
MONROE, Mich. Dozens of people are saying its beyond time for the statue of Civil War commander General Armstrong Custer in Monroe to finally come down. All of us feel like if this is up then we have no justice, we have no peace at all, honestly. Like, why is this up, praising this guy when we have no justice for our colors, said one Monroe woman. Everybody deserves Justice. Everybody deserves peace.