Minnesotans Petition To Replace Minneapolis’s Columbus Statue With One of Prince

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Megan Everts

A new petition calls on Minneapolis leaders to replace a statue of Columbus with a statue of Prince.

“A new petition has been created asking Minneapolis, Minnesota, leaders to consider replacing the city's iconic likeness of explorer Christopher Columbus with one of the city's most famous residents, Prince Rogers Nelson,” reported Radio.com.

  • “The movement to replace Columbus was started back in 2017,” but it has “picked up steam in recent days gathering almost 10,000 signatures to date.”
  • This petition is one of many recent instances in which “statues glorifying former colonialists, confederate leaders, and others are being debated and in many cases removed from their longstanding places in city squares and town centers.”

“Across the nation, city governments are choosing to remove statues of white supremacists, slave owners, and those who threatened the livelihood of Black people. Here in Minnesota, communities are reigniting the demand to bring down state’s monument to Christopher Columbus, a man who murdered, raped and enslaved Black and Native peoples in the Americas,” the petition states. “We, the undersigned, do not believe that Columbus represents the values Minnesotans carry. Rather than glorify a man who wanted to extinguish Black and Native peoples, we should honor members of our community whose leadership we find inspirational.”

The organizers argue that “Prince represents Minnesota values and Columbus does not,” therefore, the original statue should be replaced with one of Prince.

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