California to remove Christopher Columbus statue from state Capitol

California to remove Christopher Columbus statue from state Capitol

- Another statue of Christopher Columbus will be taken down

- This time around, it is the statue in California Capitol that will be taken down by authorities

- Legislative leaders announced the decision on Tuesday, June 16

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Legislative leaders have decided to remove Christopher Columbus' statue from California Capitol. The statue has been a centerpiece of the California Capitol rotunda since 1883.

The decision was announced on Tuesday, June 16, by legislative leaders, LA Times reports.

California to remove Columbus statue from state Capitol
Workers cover a Christopher Columbus statue in Philadelphia on Tuesday, June 16, as California lawmakers decided a similar statue would be removed from the state Capitol in Sacramento. Photo: AP
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Legit.ng notes that Anthony Rendon and Ken Cooley called Columbus “a deeply polarizing historical figure” and said the statue’s presence in the Capitol “is completely out of place today”.

This was contained in a statement from state Senate president Pro Tempore Toni Atkins.

Rendon is the Assembly speaker, while Cooley is the Assembly rules committee chairman.

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It is, however, unclear how or when the statue will be removed.

Recall that police said that on Tuesday, June 9, a Columbus statue in Richmond, Virginia, was taken down by protesters, set on fire and then submerged into a lake.

Another Columbus statue in Boston was decapitated.

Columbus was an Italian explorer and coloniser who completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean that opened the New World for conquest and permanent European colonisation of the Americas.

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Adeniyi said he worked as a roadside mechanic for six months without being paid during his undergraduate years at the higher institution where he studied engineering.

He said bailing oneself out of the less privileged circle is by showcasing "uncommon knowledge", adding that one becomes irresistible by doing so.

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He said: "I like sharing this picture because it reminds me of a time I worked with roadside mechanics as a University Engineering Student for 6 months and was never paid a kobo. I felt cheated but what I learned was priceless.

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