Columbus statues have generated imbroglios across the country. What Christopher Columbus represents to one group is anathema to another. A racial fight erupted at New Haven’s Wooster Square Park. In Bridgeport, some initial discussions have begun about the future of the Columbus statue in Seaside Park.
New Haven Independent coverage:
A screaming match turned into a brief racial fight in Wooster Square Park Wednesday morning as a crowd waited for a late crane to arrive to remove the statue of Christopher Columbus.
Watch the altercation above. (The first punch occurs at 4:10.)
The altercation occurred around 9 a.m., where the late arrival of a crane added to simmering tensions.
Two supporters of removing the statue, Nate Blair of New Haven and “Los Fidel” of Hamden, arrived with a shirt reading, “White Lives Matter Too Much” and a sign reading, “Y’all left New Haven ’cause of blacks … Funny this is when you come back.”
Forty mostly Italian-American protesters had been on scene since dawn to await the arrival of a city-hired crew to remove the statue. Some surrounded them and started screaming at them to leave, calling them “fucking assholes.”
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