Democratic leaders in California are calling for the permanent removal of the Queen Isabella and Christopher Columbus statue in the Sacramento Capitol Rotunda.
“Christopher Columbus is a deeply polarizing historical figure given the deadly impact his arrival in this hemisphere had on indigenous populations. The continued presence of this statue in California’s Capitol, where it has been since 1883, is completely out of place today. It will be removed," the legislative leaders wrote in a statement.
According to CBS Sacramento, the announcement was made by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Assembly Rules Committee Chair Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova).
Earlier this month, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced the imminent removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's Monument Avenue, pledging the state will no longer “preach a false version of history.” Adding, “You see, in Virginia, we no longer preach a false version of history. One that pretends the Civil War was about ‘state rights’ and not the evils of slavery. No one believes that any longer,” Northam, according to reporting by the Associated Press.
It’s unclear when the Columbus statue will be removed.