Mexico City Replaces a Statue of Columbus With One of an Indigenous Woman

Mexico City Replaces a Statue of Columbus With One of an Indigenous Woman

Mexico City Replaces a Statue of Columbus With One of an Indigenous Woman The replacement of a figure seen as a monument to colonialism touched a nerve as the country debates how it is shaped by race and sex. MEXICO CITY — Statues of Columbus are being toppled across the Americas, amid fierce debates over the region’s legacy of European conquest and colonialism. Few have been more contentious than the replacement of a monument at the heart of Mexico’s capital, touching on some of the most intense disputes in the country’s current politics, including not just race and history, but also sex. After prolonged debate, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced Tuesday that the Columbus statue that once gazed down on Mexico City’s main boulevard will be replaced with a pre-colonial Indigenous …
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