Columbus, Ohio, removed a statue of its namesake explorer Christopher Columbus outside City Hall Wednesday morning as the community succumbs to a woke reckoning on race, condemning the very leader it memorializes as a genocidal European imperialist.
According to ABC6 WSYX, crews arrived to bring down the statue in the early morning hours by order of the mayor, who announced last month the monument would be removed as early as possible.
Democratic Mayor Andrew Ginther said the Columbus Art Commission had been tasked with replacing the Columbus statue with public artwork that more accurately represents the community, as if the Ohio capital were not named after the legendary explorer who changed world history.
“For many people in our community, the statue represents patriarchy, oppression, and divisiveness,” Ginther said. “That does not represent our great city, and we will no longer live in the shadow of our ugly past.”
After Ginther joined the Jacobin mob trying to rewrite American history by purging the statue, an online petition to rename the city to “Flavortown” picked up more than 118,000 signatures, many of them likely from nonresidents.
The Columbus statue was a gift from the people of Genoa, Italy, in 1955 and stood tall on the steps of City Hall for decades before the 21st-century woke revolution brought about its demise. Between 1991 and 2014, the city was also host to a replica of the ship on which Columbus sailed across the Atlantic, the Santa Maria, which operated as a museum docked in the Scioto River. The ship was built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Columbus voyage but was dismantled due to city construction projects on the river combined with high-cost repairs needed to keep it afloat, according to Columbus Monthly.