Minnesotans Start Petition to Replace a Statue of Christopher Columbus With Prince

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 04:  Prince performs during the "Pepsi Halftime Show" at Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Minnesotans Start Petition to Replace a Statue of Christopher Columbus With Prince

To date, the petition has over 1,000 signatures.

Published September 4, 2017

In the year since his untimely passing, Prince's purple reign has gone on to ascend his ubiquitous catalog of music. So much so that a Minnesota community group has organized a petition to replace a statue of Christopher Columbus with one that would commemorate the Purple One. 

The petition, created by Wintana Melekin, calls for a replacement of the Columbus statue with one that would honor Prince or a figure chosen by the Native community and is specifically addressed to Governor Mark Dayton. Prince, a Minnesota native and legend, is just one of the many calls by the people to remove statues of white supremacists, slave owners and those who threatened the livelihood of Black people. 

“We, the undersigned, do not believe that Columbus represents the values Minnesotans carry," the petition reads. "Rather than glorify a man who wanted to extinguish black and Native peoples, we should honor members of our community whose leadership we find inspiration,” the petition’s description read."

Other cities across the country are actively engaging in trying to remove Confederate symbols as well as statues that are racially insensitive. Currently in Virginia, there is a call for a Missy Elliott statue that would honor the accomplishments of the highly decorated artist. 


Written by Kai Miller

(Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


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