HOUSTON (AP) — The left hand has been lopped off a 7-foot statue of Christopher Columbus that’s been a repeated target of vandals in a Houston park.
The vandalism was discovered Thursday night in Houston’s Bell Park. Besides the severed hand, a noose was left around the statue in what was the second attack on it in as many nights.
Red paint was found splashed on the statue Wednesday night.
A cardboard sign was left behind saying, “Rip the hand from your oppressor.”
Columbus is regarded recently as the origin of European enslavement of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.