Two statues of Christopher Columbus were devastated on Monday and doused in red as the Columbus Day was scrutinized by those who criticized the legacy of the Italian seafarer.
The Columbus statue in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, was defaced on early Monday Reported NBC daughter WJAR. The statue was wrapped in a sign saying "Stop Celebrating Genocide," which highlighted Columbus' role in colonizing North America, killing indigenous groups, and spreading slavery.
A statue of Columbus in the Little Italy district was similarly destroyed. Under the statue, someone wrote, "Destroy all the monuments of genocide and kill all the colonizers," reported the NBC Bay Area's Columbus & # 39; face.
The double blemish came when the movement to withdraw from Columbus Day and instead to remember the day of indigenous peoples increased.
For many indigenous peoples, a federal holiday that recognized the actions of the man who is considered the most famous colonial lord in history was offended and dehumanized. Instead, states such as New Mexico, Vermont, and Maine celebrate Columbus Day's Day of Indigenous Peoples on Monday.
The Providence and San Francisco police are investigating the vandalism of the statues and claim they have no suspects at the moment.