The statues of evil slave traders and racists who sold, murdered and brutalized millions of Africans, native Indians in North America and other human beings of dark skins are being beheaded around the world by anti-racism and anti-slavery protesters, following the death and burial of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by a white cop in Minneapolis on May 25 while he was pleading with him to let him breathe.
In the United States, statues honoring Christopher Columbus were destroyed and disfigured in Boston and Richmond overnight Wednesday.
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The Washington Post reported that “in Virginia, a few dozen people gathered in Richmond’s Byrd Park to see a bronze statue of Columbus submerged face down on the edge of Fountain Lake.”
On Tuesday, the statue of King Leopold II of Belgium who murdered millions of Africans in the Congo was vandalized by anti-racism protesters in Antwerp.
Leopold’s genocide was committed in the Belgian Congo, his personal property from 1885 to 1908, where he subjected the people there to forced labor while he exploited the country’s rubber reserves.
Millions of people died. But despite his atrocities and mass murders, his statue remained a prominent and towering figure in Belgium where he was celebrated.
The Antwerp statue is just the latest symbol of racism to be targeted amid global Black Lives Matter protests.
A spokesman for Antwerp mayor Bart de Wever said the city’s statue was “seriously vandalised last week” and “needs to be restored” by a sculpture museum.
“Because of the renovation work planned for 2023 in the square in which it was placed, the statue will not be replaced. It will probably become part of the museum collection,” he said.
A spokeswoman for the Middelheim Museum was quoted as confirming that they had received the statue, adding that they would restore it before deciding what to do with it.
Reports said there are also separate calls to take down Leopold monuments in Brussels, where one of his busts was covered in red paint last week, according to Daily Mail.
In the UK, a monument in honor of Edward Colston, a famed slave trader, was forcibly removed by protesters before being thrown into Bristol Harbor.
Colston’s company transported more than 100,000 enslaved men, women, and children from West Africa to the Caribbean and the Americas between 1672 and 1689.
At least 20,000 died during the crossings due to conditions on the boats — their bodies thrown overboard,” reports said.
The removal of the statue followed years of campaigning to have his statue taken down.
In Barbados, activists have coordinated a petition to have a statue of Adm. Horatio Nelson removed from its capital, calling its presence an affront to the Black population.