Petition launched to replace Christopher Columbus statue with one of Prince

Petition launched to replace Christopher Columbus statue with one of Prince

A campaign is launched in Minnesota to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus and replace it with a monument of singer Prince.

The petition, which has achieved more than 9,000 signatures online, says that “Prince represents Minnesota values and Columbus does not”.

“Across the nation, city governments are choosing to remove statues of white supremacists, slave owners, and those who threatened the livelihood of Black people,” the petition states.

“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. 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.”