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Christopher Columbus statue beheaded in Boston

first_imgA jogger running past the statue Wednesday said she approved of the decapitation. “Coming out of the Black Lives Matter protests, I think it’s a good thing to capitalize on this momentum,” she told AFP, without giving her name.”Just like black people in this country, indigenous people have also been wronged. I think this movement is pretty powerful and this is very symbolic,” she added.Dozens of American cities have over the years replaced “Columbus Day” in October — which became a federal holiday in 1937 — with a day of tribute to indigenous peoples.But not Boston or New York, which have large Italian-origin communities.Boston’s mayor Marty Walsh condemned the beheading but added that the statue would be removed on Wednesday pending a decision about its future, local media reported. Protesters also defaced a Miami statue of Columbus at a waterfront park with red paint and messages that read “Our streets,” “Black Lives Matter” and “George Floyd,” before police made several arrests, according to the Miami Herald newspaper.In Virginia, protesters used ropes to pull down the 2.44-meter statue and then dumped it in a nearby lake Tuesday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch said.It echoed an incident in Bristol, England, on Sunday when demonstrators toppled a statue of a slave trader and dumped it in a harbor during anti-racism protests.Topics : Italian explorer Columbus, long hailed by school textbooks as the so-called discoverer of “The New World,” is considered by many to have spurred years of genocide against indigenous groups in the Americas.He is regularly denounced in a similar way to Civil War generals of the pro-slavery South.  The Boston statue — which stands on a plinth in the heart of town — has been controversial for years, like other Columbus statues across the US, and has been vandalized in the past.Boston police were alerted to the damage shortly after midnight on Tuesday, a spokesman told AFP. An investigation is under way but no one has been arrested, he added. A statue of Christopher Columbus in Boston has been beheaded, police said Wednesday, as calls to remove sculptures commemorating colonizers and slavers sweep America on the back of anti-racism protests.A Columbus statue was also vandalized in downtown Miami, and another was dragged into a lake earlier in the week in Richmond, Virginia, according to local reports.The incidents come as pressure builds in the United States to rid the country of monuments associated with racism following massive demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis last month.last_img read more

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Ellsworth-Sumner football team notches first home win

first_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest Postscenter_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) ELLSWORTH — Friday night’s Ellsworth-Sumner football game was a blowout.And for once, The Ellsworth-Sumner Eagles were on the winning side of it. The Eagles notched their first home win in three seasons as a program, beating the Stearns Minutemen 42-6.“It’s a lot of fun,” Ellsworth-Sumner coach Duane Crawford said. “It’s better than where we’ve been the past three years.”Offensively, the Eagles rushed for 224 yards and passed for 95. Devin Wright led the team with 154 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries. Connor Petros contributed 65 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries as well as a catch for a successful two-point conversion. Tyler Hardwick had two catches from Javon Williams for 95 yards and a touchdown.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe offense did not have to punt once.Defensively, Austin Smith had six solo tackles and one assist. Ed Sadler and Jacob Shorey had four solo tackles. Petros had four solo tackles and a sack. Wright had four tackles and an assist. Wally Moon had a blocked kick, and Shorey and Ethan Kane each recovered a fumble.The Eagles improved their record to 2-1.“We’re getting better. I think we’re right in the mix with a lot of teams,” Crawford said. “It just depends on how we perform.”The Eagles will play next at Camden Hills (0-3) on Friday.Bucksport 53, Camden Hills 14Winslow 35, MDI 20 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

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