Meanwhile, in Detroit . . .
Published October 13, 2015
DETROIT — An unidentified vandal taped an ax and poured red paint to the forehead of the Christopher Columbus statue in downtown Detroit, near the Renaissance Center.
The vandalism occured overnight Sunday as an apparent protest to the federal holiday set aside to honor him on Monday.
While celebrated as a brave hero who “discovered” America by some, Columbus is seen as a murderer, rapist and terrorist by American Indians who seek to have the Columbus Day replaced with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Photographs of the protest have gone viral in the internet. The ax stayed taped on Columbus’ forehead until around 4:00 p.m.
The movement to replace Columbus Day is sweeping across the country at local municipality levels in cities, such as Seattle, Washington; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Lawrence, Kansas; Portland, Oregon and Olympia, Washington.
While this incident occurred in Detroit, there is no reported movement to have the Detroit City Council pass a resolution or proclamation to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day at this time.
In Michigan, three cities have replaced Columbus Day: Alpena, Mt. Pleasant and Traverse City.
The statue, created by Italian sculptor Augusto Rivalta, has been at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Randolph Street, since October 12, 1910, when it was presented the city of Detroit by an Italian group.