- May 28, 2020
A university in Northern California removed a bell marking the 18th century Catholic missions that Native Americans say glorifies racism.
San Francisco arts commissioners have voted to remove a statue that shows a Native American man at the feet of a conquering Spanish cowboy and Catholic missionary.
Another statue of St. Junipero Serra has been defaced in California. The founder of the California missions has been criticized for his treatment of native populations in the 18th century. However, when Pope Francis made him a saint, he said Serra “sought to defend the dignity of the native community, to protect it from those who had mistreated and abused it.”
Many people are debating whether or not to remove statues considered offensive by many from public places after the violence in Charlottesville. In the wake of that debate, a statue of St. Junipero Serra, praised as the “Apostle of California” but linked by critics with abuses of Native Americans, was defaced last week near the San Fernando Mission in northern Los Angeles.