WTF: There’s Now a Gigantic Christopher Columbus Statue in Puerto Rico

In case you missed it, the following video is real. Yes, this gigantic Christopher Columbus statue by Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli is in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. It was unveiled last week.

The sculpture is called “The Birth of the New World” and it’s even taller than the Statue of Liberty. And according to reports, Puerto Rico accepted the statue only after cities such as Columbus, Ohio, New York, Boston, Cleveland, Fort Lauderdale and Miami all said no.

Leave it to Puerto Rico to say yes. Because you know, this is Puerto Rico we are talking about, where down is up and up is down. Can it be any more fitting that one of the world’s oldest colonies has decided to celebrate history’s most notorious colonizer and murderer of indigenous peoples? Only in Puerto Rico.

Hit it, Gollum:

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rikimaru says:

The Talmud must not be regarded as an ordinary work, composed of twelve volumes; it posies absolutely no similarity to any other literary production, but forms, without any figure of speech, a world of its own, which must be judged by its peculiar laws.
The Talmud contains much that is frivolous of which it treats with great gravity and seriousness; it further reflects the various superstitious practices and views of its Persian (Babylonian) birthplace which presume the efficacy of demonical medicines, or magic, incantations, miraculous cures, and interpretations of dreams. It also contains isolated instances of uncharitable “ judgments and decrees against the members of other nations and religions, and finally it favors an incorrect exposition of the scriptures, accepting, as it does, tasteless misrepresentations.

The Babylonian” Talmud is especially distinguished from the Jerusalem or Palestine Talmud by the flights of thought, the penetration of mind, the flashes of genius, which rise and vanish again. It was for this reason that the Babylonian rather than the Jerusalem Talmud became the fundamental possession of the Jewish Race, its life breath, its very soul, nature and mankind, powers and events, were for the Jewish nation insignificant, non- essential, a mere phantom; the only true reality was the Talmud.” (Professor H. Graetz, History of the Jews).
And finally it came Spain’s turn. Persecution had occurred there on “ and off for over a century, and, after 1391, became almost incessant. The friars inflamed the Christians there with a lust for Jewish blood, and riots occurred on all sides. For the Jews it was simply a choice between baptism and death, and many of them submitted to baptism.
But almost always conversion on thee terms was only outward and false. Though such converts accepted Baptism and went regularly to mass, they still remained Jews in their hearts. They were called Marrano, ‘ Accursed Ones,’ and there were perhaps a hundred thousand of them. Often they possessed enormous wealth. Their daughters married into the noblest families, even into the blood royal, and their sons sometimes entered the Church and rose to the highest offices. It is said that even one of the popes was of this Marrano stock.

Greg Medina says:

AnakarayaJuboNi …if you want to read “ignorance and foolishness”, I suggest you re-read your “babosidades de calle que escribiste aqui.”…another Taino from Noo Jerzee…OMG!

Aren’t you embarrassed yet?

Was that you at the Puerto Rican Day Parade with Peacock feathers sticking  out of your ass, doing Apache Rain Dances and wearing Hopi War Paint in a grass-skirt?

The only problem with that  “authentic Taino” spectacle is:

1. There were NEVER any Peacocks in Puerto Rico until the 1950s when the Hilton Brothers brought them to the Island for their hotel lobbies and golf courses.

2. NO ONE in Puerto Rico has ever danced for rain because it rains every day!

3. Meso-American natives NEVER made it to Puerto Rico because maritime travel was not exactly one of their strengths in the Grand Canyon!

4. The grass that typically grows along the shores in Puerto Rico is so short, Tainos like you would be wearing very short thongs when you wrestle sharks in front of the Marriot Couryard…que payaso eres chico!

Yours is the product of  culturally-hi-jacked identity politics. So sad,,,

adolfojp says:

AnakarayaJuboNi You’re not a Taíno, guaranteed. But if you are please visit your local University. They’d love to have some live Taíno DNA to study. It would be the discovery of the decade and you’ll become a celebrity. You could use that fame to go on TV shows to spread your message. 

Let’s face it. You’re as much of a descendant of those evil Europeans as the rest of us are.

AnakarayaJuboNi says:

As a Taino – a native of Borike (the real name of Puerto Rico), I am astounded by the ignorance and foolishness of the commenters. That same European setup – the entirety of all it entails – allows for poverty, hunger, discrimination – all of which help breeds anger and angst and has led to the modern day crisis that Borike is in now. Before Columbus, the indigenous of the lands – the Taino/Arawaks – had (and still have) their own system of governing and government which ensured none went hungry, all were provided for and taken care of, and the well being of each individual and the people as a whole was tended to so that no person felt ostracized or imbalanced. These people had and still have their own spritual beliefs, lived where they pleased, fished and hunted without need of permits, married whom they wanted, and fresh water was always close by. Your point of “vestiture” is moot as there was no need for it, and honestly still is no need for it given the climate. If a person wanted to wear clothing, they could use what the earth provided to procure themselves something. Furthermore, our history and heritage was given by word of mouth, it was the Europeans who felt the need to write things down; the Natives of the Americas – North and South – understand the power of words. The act of story telling allowed for the community to get together as a whole and bond through the stories of our ancestors. Those crude drawings you sneer at are our artistic representation. Those beads and shells you scoff at are our way of bartering, because small bits of paper and metal or in this day plastic really don’t have much more meaning (at least we can wear the beads). I could go on, but my point has been stated.It has nothing to do with race – it has to do with the fact that 500 years ago, Columbus saled to the Americas and (while he may not by his own hand have committed the atrocities of rape or murder) helped start a movement which ended up with the genocide of millions of indigenous peoples, many cultures, and theft of land, and that his statue stands on the very land he first screwed over. It saddens me that the people have accepted it, but there are just as many who do not want it there and have been petitioning to have it removed.And for those of you praising him, remember that you live on land stolen from the Natives of whom your ancestors raped, killed, enslaved, and even stole their offspring. If the earth could talk, it would have to cough up their blood first.Take your ignorance, foolishness, and hate elsewhere.