Columbus Statue in SF's Little Italy Defaced by Vandals

Oct 14, 2019 1444

BY: Sergio Quintana

As thousands of people enjoyed Italian Heritage Day celebrations in San Francisco's Little Italy, public works crews were scraping red paint off the city's statue of Christopher Columbus just a few blocks away. The inscription painted at the base of the statue, near Coit Tower, was especially disturbing: "Destroy all monuments of genocide and kill all colonizers."

Visitors to the area, some of whom were there to watch the Blue Angels air show, were a little shocked to see the bronze statue vandalized. "I think it's horrible," said Jodi Silverman of Boston. "I think that people, yes they have freedom of speech, but they shouldn't deface property."

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