30 Statues Removed Because They Stood For What’s Wrong With Humans

Statues Removed

The movement against racism following the killing of George Floyd has called out many to rethink the statues, monuments, and memorials currently standing in many cities around the globe.

What started off as the toppling of statues that acknowledged and celebrated slavery and racism has now grown into a whole parallel movement that forces everyone to rethink people and events in history. Since demonstrators started taking down statues, city governments and private owners began to do the same.

Now, this may be one of the few times when statues are taken down virtually en-masse, but it is clearly not the first time statues are taken down in general as the people connected with them were later confirmed to be not worthy of one.

Bust of Bill Cosby (American comedian) in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, taken down in July 2015 due to accusations of sexual assault.

Statue of Joe Paterno (American football player) in Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, Pennsylvania, taken down on July 22, 2012, due to his child sex abuse scandals.

Commemorative brick dedicated to Gary Glitter (English glam rock singer) removed from the Wall of Fame at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. It was taken down in November 2008 due to Glitter’s possession of child pornography, child sexual abuse, and attempted rape of minors.

Statue of Leopold II Of Belgium (King of the Belgians) in Ekeren, Belgium, taken down in June 2020 for colonialist exploitation and other atrocities.

Statue of Edward Colston (English merchant) in Bristol, UK, taken down on 7 June 2020 for his involvement in the slave trade.

Statue of Saddam Hussein (President of Iraq) in Baghdad, Iraq, taken down on April 9, 2003 during the invasion of Iraq by the US forces.

Statue of Christopher Columbus (Italian navigator and admiral) in Richmond, Virginia, taken down, spray-painted, set on fire, and thrown into a nearby lake by protestors on June 9, 2020, in solidarity with Native Americans.

I’m assuming the people who took the statue down also gave their land back to its original owners and Richmond, Virginia is currently the property of Native Americans? Otherwise, it’s just “thoughts and prayers” with vandalism.

“One Riot, One Ranger” statue In Dallas, Texas, removed on June 4, 2020 for its reference to a riot by a white lynch mob and for the statue’s model being used in helping prevent black students from enrolling in public schools.

A Confederate memorial in Jacksonville, Florida, taken down on June 9, 2020 as part of the mayor’s plan to remove all confederate monuments, memorials, and markers during the George Floyd protests.

Statue of Frank Rizzo (American police officer and politician) in Center City Philadelphia, taken down on June 2, 2020 for his strong opposition against desegregation.

Statue of J.F.C. Hamilton (British Naval Officer and namesake of Hamilton City) in Hamilton, New Zealand, taken down on June 12, 2020 by the request of the Maori Tribal Confederation Waikato Tainui.

Statue of Edward Ward Carmack (newspaperman and political figure) in Tennessee Capitol, taken down in June, 2020 for his views against African Americans and encouraged retaliation against the support of the Civil Rights Movement.

Statue of Cecil John Rhodes (British mining magnate and politician) in Cape Town, South Africa, taken down on 9 April, 2015 as part of a protest to decolonialize education in South Africa.

Dunham Massey Hall Sundial, taken down in June, 2020 as a degrading depiction of slavery during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

Statue of Orville L. Hubbard (Mayor of Dearborn) in Dearborn, Michigan, taken down on September 29, 2015 due to his strong views and policies supporting racial segregation.

Monument to Robert E. Lee (Confederate General) in New Orleans, Louisiana, taken down on May 19, 2017 as part of a removal of four monuments associated with the Confederacy.

Statue of Robert Milligan (Scottish merchant) in the Museum of London Docklands, taken down on June 9, 2020 for him being a slave owner.

Statue of Michael Jackson (American singer) in London, though officially not stated, it is speculated that it was removed in September 2013 due to sexual allegations against Jackson.

Statue of Jefferson Davis in Frankfort, Kentucky, moved on June 13, 2020 by a vote of the Historic Properties Advisory Commission to the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site due to him being a slave owner.

Statue of Jerry Richardson (Former NFL Owner) in Charlotte, North Carolina, taken down to prevent possible vandalism due to allegations of sexual harassment and racist remarks to his former employees.

Bust of John Mcdonogh in New Orleans, Louisiana, taken down on June 13, 2020 for being a slave owner.

Statue of Kate Smith (American singer) at the Xfinity Live! Philadelphia Arena, taken down on April 21, 2019 due to controversy surrounding her 1931 recordings of “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” and “Pickaninny Heaven”.

Statue of Williams Carter Wickham in Richmond, Virginia, taken down on June 6, 2020 due to him being a slave owner.

Yea. a lot of people owned slaves, that was a social norm. I think that isn’t a reason to take down the statue… if they were in some way a symbol of racial oppression, that’s another story. Also there is a difference between pulled over by protesters and the city removed it.

Statue of Appomattox in Alexandria, Virginia, removed on June 2, 2020, was planned for removal after long discussions by the owner, United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Monument to Robert E. Lee (Confederate General) in New Orleans, Louisiana, taken down on May 19, 2017 as part of a removal of four monuments associated with the Confederacy.

Jefferson Davis Memorial in Richmond, Virginia, taken down on June 10, 2020 by protesters for depicting Jefferson Davis, a slave owner.

Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Birmingham, Alabama, removed in June, 2020, said to be taken down to ease continuing unrest originating from the George Floyd protests.

I have to disagree with this one. I understand removing confederate flags, but this is more a memorial than a glorification. However, not living in Alabama, it’s hard to see how this is perceived there.

Slave Auction Block in Fredericksburg, Virginia, taken down on June 5, 2020 as a symbol of racial oppression.

Statue of Charles Linn (Captain in the Confederate Navy) in Birmingham, Alabaman, toppled on May 31, 2020 by protestors who unsuccessfully attempted to remove the nearby Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

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