Vandals deface Columbus statue in New York's Central Park

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

A graffitied and apparently bloodied Christopher Columbus statue stood in Central Park Tuesday, as the heated debate over what to do with such controversial monuments continues across the nation.

"A paper sign stuck to the statue read "save your soul" and "#somethingscoming".

A worker cleans up the vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus on September 12, 2017.

Columbus is seen as a hero to many, especially Italian-Americans, but he's seen as a murderous colonizer to Native Americans and others.

Attacks on Columbus statues come amid the ongoing controversy involving efforts to remove Confederate monuments, which began in 2015 and gained traction after the early August violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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A Christopher Columbus statue in Central Park was vandalized, police said on September 12, 2017.

As reported by the New York Post, members of the public had mixed feelings about the defacement of the Christopher Columbus statue.

"I think it's a good look, honestly", Christen Clifford told the outlet regarding the graffiti, which she saw Tuesday morning after taking her child to school. She said the vandalism reflects much of what is happening in the world at the moment, but she added that it does bother her to see it, as it is destructive, not positive.

Despite the message that "something's coming", no one has as yet taken responsibility for the vandalism.

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