Pepperdine students call Columbus statue 'celebration of genocide':
"Students at Pepperdine University are calling for the removal of a Christopher Columbus statue from campus, calling it a “celebration of genocide and racial oppression.”
Pepperdine University students spent their day off Monday protesting Christopher Columbus’ “culturally insensitive form of international exploration” and demanding that an on-campus statue of him be removed.
According to The Pepperdine Graphic, at least 40 students gathered around the donated statue Monday to issue a statement to their school’s administration that called the holiday a “celebration of genocide and racial oppression.”
“Columbus does not represent ...the affirmation that students are at the heart of educational enterprise.”
The statement also blamed the statue for prioritizing “nominally esteemed university donors above the cultural acceptance and personal experience of marginalized students” while memorializing “an avoidance from wholly enhancing the inclusivity of Seaver College...”