The Christopher Columbus statue in Providence's Elmwood section was splashed with red paint and adorned with a sign saying "stop celebrating genocide" on Monday. Days later, Providence City Councilor Kat Kerwin praised the vandals. Kerwin saying in a broadcast interview "I support the vandalism of the Columbus Day statue and I hope the statue will be removed by next Columbus Day. The brave soul who vandalized the statue wrote "stop celebrating genocide. While many are concerned by the vandalism, the reality is, it has begun a conversation that Rhode Island desperately needs to have around our willingness to celebrate the mass murder of indigenous people. Her colleagues aren't all in step with her way of thinking.. Deputy Majority leader Nicholas Naducci told NBC 10 he doesn't think any elected official should be in support of destroying public or private property. Calling a gutless vandal a "brave soul" gives me the red butt. I wonder if Ms. Kerwin realizes she could actually be encouraging more vandalism with her support? Kerwin's statement closes with "I hope next year we can have a conversation around celebrating our city's rich Italian-American culture without ignoring the dark history of genocide attached to Columbus." Councilor, you CAN have such discourse and have it WITHOUT buckets of red paint.
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