The Twilight of Columbus

The urgent necessity behind the movement to end Columbus as a public symbol

Gabriel Piemonte
20 min readSep 6, 2020

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A statue of Columbus with the head removed on the coast of Boston Harbor.
The beheaded statue of Christopher Columbus on Boston’s waterfront. (Digital illustration based on an AP photo)

Columbus is a fist.

Columbus shatters; he does not create. He has been blunt force since he landed on Hispaniola, and even dead, he is used just like this — cruelly, violently — more than 500 years later.

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Gabriel Piemonte

HI. Journalist, writing coach, & communications strategist in Chicago. Civic advocate. Publisher, Pummarola Magazine. Racism top writer. gfpiemonte@gmail.com