A CHRISTOPHER Columbus statue was beheaded early Wednesday morning in Boston’s North End Park.
Statues of ‘racist’ figures and confederate soldiers have been vandalized and toppled down in cities across America as protests over racial injustice rage on.
Police arrived and later discovered the head of Christopher Columbus statue.
However, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the statue would be removed and its “historic meaning” is now being assessed, according to local media WCVB5
This particular statue has been the subject of repeated vandalism in Boston.
In 2015, the statue was dashed with red paint and the words Black Lives Matter were spray-painted on the back. And in 2006, the statue’s head was also chopped off.
About 500 miles south of Boston, another Christopher Columbus statue in downtown Richmond was ripped out using ropes, spray painted and then set on fire on Tuesday night.
The crowd of demonstrators hauled the statue to a nearby lake and tossed it in.
A photographer for NBC 12 was also reportedly attacked during the demonstrations which began peacefully earlier that day.
But it is not just Christopher Columbus that has attracted the wrath of protesters, statues of Confederate soldiers have fallen across the country since the killing of George Floyd.
Protesters are changing the landscape of cities and campuses, justifying that these monuments serve as a glorification of white supremacy.
Just hours ago, the statue of Confederate general Lawrence Sullivan Ross on the Texas A&M campus was defaced with graffiti.
Ross also served as governor of Texas and the Texas A&M's president from 1891 to 1898.
The statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederacy's top general, was covered in graffiti this past weekend in Virginia.
On Monday, protesters also projected Floyd’s face on the pedestal along with the words “Black Lives Matter.”
In Montgomery, Alabama, a statue of General Robert E. Lee was also toppled from its pedestal.
Four suspects were charged with first-degree criminal mischief, a felony.
What’s more, the statue of Confederate general William Carter Wickham was removed using ropes by protestors on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus.
The memorial was then urinated on, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Last week, demonstrators also gathered in Linn Park and toppled down a statue of the Confederate Navy captain Charles Linn in Birmingham, Alabama. The protesters also attempted to remove the 115-year-old Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Monument.
The last time the U.S. saw a purge of relics of the Old South was in the aftermath of the Charleston church shooting in 2015.
A white supremacist, Dylann Roof, posed for pictures with a gun and a Confederate flag before slaying 9 worshippers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic African-American church in South Carolina.
On the international front, several statues including one of slave trader Edward Colston was thrown into a river in Bristol, England.
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