A group of Minnesota activists have launched a petition to replace the statue of Christopher Columbus which stands before the state capitol building in St. Paul with one of a figure who better represents "Minnesota values" -- the recording artist formerly known as Prince.
"Born in Minneapolis in 1958," notes Inquisitr, "Prince got his start playing in clubs around Minneapolis, and unlike many stars who rise to worldwide fame, he never forgot his roots and maintained a home in Minnesota until his death in April of 2016. Fans flocked to Minneapolis on the one year anniversary of Prince’s death in April of this year, where murals and tributes could be seen all around the city."
Community organizer Wintana Melekin created the petition to replace the Columbus statue, which has been in place in front of the state capitol building since 1931. As of this writing, the petition has nearly 5,500 of the requested 6,000 signatures needed before it will be passed along to Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota State Legislature.
Melekin believes that the late musician Prince, arguably the most famous and beloved Minnesotan of all time, is a figure more representative of the values of the people in her state than the Italian Columbus, who didn't even discover Minnesota.
“I spend a lot of time at our State Capitol,” Melekin said. “It’s a space that already does not feel inviting or inclusive to communities of color. So to see Columbus every day in front of the building does not make it feel more welcoming. So I put the petition together because I wanted to see someone, Prince, at the capitol because he represents a part of Minnesota that we are all proud of.”
Melekin went on to repeat the predictable far-left talking point that Christopher Columbus symbolizes white supremacy and colonial oppression of "people of color."
“The replacement of Columbus is about the deep history of white supremacy and colonialism in the United States and the need for Minnesota to lead the country in this moment,” Melekin said. “Plus we all know Prince is a genius and who wouldn’t pick him over Columbus anyway?”
Melekin's petition boils things down to a simple statement: “Prince represents Minnesota values and Columbus does not."
One signer of the petition declared (perhaps tongue-in-cheek), "Did Christopher Columbus drop a 13x platinum album? No. No he did not." Hard to argue with that. Especially with people who value celebrity over history.