To: Governor Dayton and the State Legislature

Replace Columbus Statue w/ One Chosen by Native Community on Capitol lawn & Prince somewhere else!

Replace Columbus Statue w/ One Chosen by Native Community on Capitol lawn & Prince somewhere else!

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

We, the undersigned, up submit that the Governor Dayton and the Minnesota State Legislature replace the statue of Columbus with statues representative of Minnesota’s Black and Native communities.

Why is this important?

Prince represents Minnesota values and Columbus does not.

Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Reasons for signing

  • Not there now, but I have spent the majority of my life in MN. Columbus never set foot on this occupied territory and he would never pass for "Minnesota nice." Prince, on the other hand, would die for u. Letting the Native community choose a statue for the capitol lawn is also an important way of recognizing that there was a time before the state of Minnesota and that the people who were here in that time still exist, despite all the harms inflicted upon them.
  • Prince was the greatest musician who ever lived; I myself an a musician and prince was more than a genius; he was simply the best musical talent the world has and will ever see; he was master of every genre of music; yeah i SAID IT!
  • Christopher Columbus never came to the U.S., only outlying islands; he was a murderer. Prince was a wonderful man whose music brings people together.

Updates

2017-09-06 13:35:49 -0700

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