Christopher Columbus has long been a contentious figure in history for his treatment of the indigenous communities he encountered and for his role in the violent colonization at their expense.
The first European to reach the Americas, Columbus is often seen by rights activists as a symbol of racial hatred as his discovery opened the gates to invasions from Europe resulting in millions of deaths all over the Americas. In response to the nationwide protests and conversation surrounding racial inequality, a statue of Christopher Columbus will be removed from California's state capitol in Sacramento. The statue, titled "Columbus' Last Appeal to Queen Isabella," has been in the center of the California Capitol Rotunda since 1883. "The continued presence of this statue in California's Capitol, where it has been since 1883, is completely out of place today. It will be removed," a statement said.
"Christopher Columbus is a deeply polarizing historical figure given the deadly impact his arrival in this hemisphere had on indigenous populations," the announcement from Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Assembly Rules Committee Chair Ken Cooley reads. In recent years, many cities and states have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day.