At Least 7 Christopher Columbus Statues Have Been Destroyed in 2020
October 13, 2020
At least seven statues of the colonizer Christopher Columbus have been destroyed in 2020 as part of the ongoing national reckoning with America's history and relationship with racism.
All but one of those statues, located in cities across the U.S., were toppled or vandalized by protesters in June, following the May 25 death of George Floyd.
Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died after Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes. Chauvin was later charged with murder and manslaughter, and the incident prompted worldwide outrage and a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.