PODCAST: Providence City Councilor Kerwin says she supports the vandalism of Columbus statue

A statue of Christopher Columbus in the Elmwood section of Providence was found vandalized on Columbus Day morning, October 14, 2019. It was splashed with red paint and a sign saying “Stop Celebrating Genocide” was chained to the base. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News


Providence City Councilor Katherine Kerwin (D-Ward 12, Smith Hill) told WPRO’s Gene Valicenti on Wednesday that she supports the vandalism of the Christopher Columbus statue in Providence, which was doused with red paint and a sign that says “stop celebrating genocide” Sunday night or early Monday morning.

When asked by Valicenti if she supported the vandalism of the statue, Kerwin said, “You know, I do. I think the statue should be removed…I think that healthy civil disobedience is really good for society.”

“I don’t know who did it, but they created a really healthy dialogue in Providence.”

Councilor Kerwin serves on the committee on city property and the committee on public works.

The paint was cleaned off the statue by Monday afternoon.


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