San Fran­cisco statue re­moved:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A 19th cen­tury statue near San Fran­cisco’s City Hall that some said is racist and de­mean­ing to in­dige­nous peo­ple was re­moved early Fri­day.

A group of Na­tive Amer­i­cans chanted, beat drums and burned sage as the work­ers used a crane to take down the “Early Days” statue de­pict­ing a Na­tive Amer­i­can at the feet of a Span­ish cowboy and a Catholic mis­sion­ary. It was part of group of bronze stat­ues near City Hall that de­pict the found­ing of Cal­i­for­nia.

Na­tive Amer­i­can ac­tivists tried to have the statue re­moved for decades. They re­newed ef­forts last year af­ter clashes broke out across the US over Con­fed­er­ate mon­u­ments. Cities na­tion­wide have tried to re­move Con­fed­er­ate mon­u­ments fol­low­ing the racially mo­ti­vated mas­sacre of nine peo­ple at a black church in South Carolina and a vi­o­lent white su­prem­a­cist rally in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia.

The San Fran­cisco Board of Ap­peals voted unan­i­mously Wed­nes­day for the re­moval of the statue, which was part of the Pi­o­neer Mon­u­ment first erected in 1894.

While Amer­i­can In­di­ans have pushed for the statue’s re­moval for decades, it has not at­tracted the same furor as Con­fed­er­ate mon­u­ments else­where. In a 1996 com­pro­mise, a plaque was in­stalled un­der­neath the sculp­ture ex­plain­ing that the mon­u­ment

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