NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Vandals have hit another Christopher Columbus statue in New York – this time in Astoria, Queens – amid a national debate over controversial monuments.

“Don’t honor genocide” and “take it down” were stenciled on the base of the Columbus statue at Triangle Park.

Some residents said they were upset to see the statue vandalized.

“I’m upset, because I live here all my life, and I don’t like seeing the neighborhood being destroyed – our history. What’s next, George Washington and federal hall?” one woman said.

“All the statues should stay up,” a man said. “They put them up for a reason.”

The graffiti comes days after a bust of Columbus was broken off its pedestal in Yonkers.

The Columbus monuments in Buffalo and Houston were also recently defaced with red paint. In Baltimore, the oldest Columbus monument in the country as vandalized by an activist who narrated and posted the attack online.

“Observe how vehemently Republican and Democratic ‘misleaders’ defend genocidal terrorists like Christopher Columbus and George Washington,” he can be heard saying on the video.

The NYPD would not say if it’s taking special precautions to protect Columbus Circle, a flashpoint as the city prepares to review monuments and memorials that may cause offense.

CBS2 has been pressing Mayor de Blasio for more information about the Monument Review Commission.

On Tuesday, a spokeswoman would only say that City Hall will release additional information in the coming days.

Comments (17)
  1. Keep an eye on The Winged Victory.

  2. The “Alt-Left” wants to destroy American culture than take over a weakened America.

  3. I hope the Marilyn Monroe statue is safe.

  4. All actions and comments regarding a need to dismantle any acknowledgment of former leaders, founders & soldiers is evidence of thinking by a narrow-minded, ignorant,uneducated, selfish, population bent on destroying itself! Look in a mirror, people. What you see is behind the reason you want to destroy history. Simply put, YOU don’t like what your personal history has done to your life! Fix it or get over it!!

  5. Dawn Slater says:

    Do these people sit around all day making lists of what statues to take down?

  6. Neal Mcelroy says:

    You tore down an inanimate object because you’re so weak minded you let it offend you.

  7. You all make me laugh….Just in case you didn’t know…….and read the last paragraph – Los Angeles wasn’t the first California city to change the name………*Columbus didn’t “discover” America — he NEVER set foot in North America. Columbus Day was created to honor Italian-American heritage.

    During four separate trips that started with the one in 1492, Columbus landed on various Caribbean islands that are now the Bahamas as well as the island later called Hispaniola. He also explored the Central and South American coasts. But he didn’t reach North America, which, of course, was already inhabited by Native Americans, and he never thought he had found a new continent. You may also remember that it is believed that Norse explorer Leif Erikson reached Canada perhaps 500 years before Columbus was born, and there are some who believe that Phoenician sailors crossed the Atlantic much earlier than that.
    Why do we celebrate Columbus Day?

    The first Columbus Day celebration recorded in the United States was in New York on October 12th, 1792, held to honor Italian-American heritage. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937 proclaimed October 12th to be Columbus Day, a national holiday. In 1971, the holiday date was changed to the second Monday in October.

    For various reasons, many places have changed the name of the holiday. Berkeley, California, replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in 1992 to honor the original inhabitants of the islands where Columbus landed. In 1989, South Dakota started calling the holiday Native American Day. Alabama celebrates a combination of Columbus Day and American Indian Heritage Day, and Hawaii calls it Discovery Day. Other countries also celebrate Columbus with different holidays; for example, in the Bahamas, it is called Discovery Day, and as Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain.

    1. Neal Wright says:

      You discredited your own argument Dorothy by differentiating “America” and “North America”. It shows your ignorance to the fact that North America, South America, Central America and the accompanying islands make up AMERICA. Columbus DID discover America and didn’t have to set foot in North America to be credited for the discovery. And if Columbus didn’t discover America, why is Columbus Day a holiday in Many American countries? Also, if it was created to honor Italian-American heritage, then why, again, is it celebrated in Many Latin American countries?

      1. Dawn Slater says:

        In Spain he is known as Cristobal Colon, which is a Spanish name, not Italian.

  8. Columbus was a hero to most, and a Friend to most indigenous people he met. He did aid some of his indigenous friends in defending themselves against other indigenous tribes that were enslaving them, but he was not aggressive on his own. And as a previous commenter pointed out, he never step foot on mainland N America. People protesting Columbus are ignorant.

  9. tngilmer says:

    Columbus was not a Confederate, did not own slaves, and never set foot once on the land of the current USA. This shows that the protesters are not protesting anything but Western values.

  10. Give us a break. If not Columbus, some other European would have made his way over, bringing small pox and everything else with him. For that matter, even the “natives” were descended from people who immigrated from Asia and eventually began killing one another long before 1492.

  11. Genocide? Hardly — He was the catalyst for the HISPANIC/Latino people … we can pinpoint the start of the “mestizo” (Europeo-Indo…sprinkle some Afro) to these moments. As it turns out the genetics are more common today that 500 yrs ago across these continents, and within a few yrs we will be the largest ethnic group in the US.

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