Kolkata, India: The mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, said on Sunday that a major statue of explorer Christopher Columbus would be removed from one of the city’s main roads and replaced with a statue of an indigenous Mexican lady.
“Of course we recognize Columbus. But there are two visions,” Sheinbaum said in a statement.
She added, on the one hand, there was the European idea of the “discovery of America,” despite the fact that civilizations had lived in Mexico for ages.
“And there’s another vision from here, that in reality a European arrived in America, who made an encounter between two places, and then came the (Spanish) conquest,” she said, speaking at an event in Mexico City.
Sheinbaum said the iconic 19th-century statue of Columbus on the Paseo de la Reforma boulevard will be moved to a “worthy” location in the city to make way for a monument that would assist deliver “social justice” for the historic role played by women in Mexico, particularly indigenous women, Reuters reported.
Since the Black Lives Matter protests and the worldwide re-examination of the colonial era and the legacy of slavery, several statues of the Italian navigator, whose Spanish-funded expeditions from the 1490s onwards opened the door to the European conquest of the Americas, have been removed in the U.S. cities.