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American actress defends man who damaged Columbus statue in Bahamas

- said statue is monument to destroyer who caused destruction that has rippled for centuries
American actress and comedian Amanda I. Seales, left, has hit back at persons who have lashed out at a man who damaged a statue of Christopher Columbus, right, in the Bahamas. Photo: Internet Source
It was on September 7, 2020, when controversial ex-governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert angered many Virgin Islanders and other persons who are descendants of slaves when he boldly stated during an interview on 284Media that the Virgin Islands should preserve the names of landmarks named after perpetrators of chattel slavery and genocide. Photo: VINO/File
It was on September 7, 2020, when controversial ex-governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert angered many Virgin Islanders and other persons who are descendants of slaves when he boldly stated during an interview on 284Media that the Virgin Islands should preserve the names of landmarks named after perpetrators of chattel slavery and genocide. Photo: VINO/File
According to Atlanta Black Star on October 13, 2021, as the criticism piled on, the former ‘The Real’ co-host, Amanda I. Seales, took the time out to address some of her critics who may have felt confused or offended by the clip. Photo: Atlanta Black Star
According to Atlanta Black Star on October 13, 2021, as the criticism piled on, the former ‘The Real’ co-host, Amanda I. Seales, took the time out to address some of her critics who may have felt confused or offended by the clip. Photo: Atlanta Black Star
ATLANTA, USA- When a man in the Bahamas took a sledgehammer and damaged a statue of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus on October 9, 2021, many took to social media to condemn the act; however, the man, who was subsequently arrested and threatened with prosecution, has also received support, including from American actress and comedian Amanda I. Seales.

Acting on the peoples’ behalf!

Shervandaze Smith, who referred to himself as “Michael the Archangel” used a large sledgehammer to damage the right leg of the Columbus statue while shouting at the figure: “You destroyed this land; I’ve come to take this [expletive] back.”

Smith, through his lawyer, had said he acted on the Bahamian people’s behalf.

And when social media critics attempted to slam Seales for sharing the video of Smith destroying the statue, the actress did not hold back in her response.

‘Insecure’ star Seales shared the viral clip on Monday, October 11, 2021, while many people in America celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly known as Columbus Day) with small town parades and other festivities.

Columbus was a ‘destroyer’- Seales

One Instagram user took to Seales’ comments section to write, “Um, I understand his frustration but that is a piece of art. Someone worked extremely hard to sculpt that piece.”

That person added, “Do it a different way dude. He doesn’t need to be in jail for doing something that will be taken care in due time. The sculpture most likely will be in a museum. Now it’s damaged. The statue should be removed properly.”

According to Atlanta Black Star on October 13, 2021, as the criticism piled on, the former “The Real” co-host took the time out to address some of her critics who may have felt confused or offended by the clip. “Let me be clear,” the actress began.

“When you see the descendants of those whose ancestors, whose civilisation were destroyed destroying what you call art… that is actually a monument to the destroyer who caused the destruction that has rippled for centuries,” she continued.

“Do not. Do not take your time to then tell them that they are doing wrong because what you are actually doing is doing wrong by suggesting that there should be any level of preservation for this art,” she added.

‘Why is it ok to keep these other mass murderers up?’- Instagram user

The 40-year-old ended her fiery response by addressing the artist behind the statue, who claims “Was also on some [expletive] for considering this person worthy of their artful skill set. So [expletive]them and [expletive] you. Happy Indigenous People Day!”

Fans of the actress later applauded her for addressing the delicate topic surrounding statues honouring racist historical figures, including one Instagram user who wrote, “I don’t think you get enough credit for saying what many of us think and feel. Thank you for using your voice.”

“As I’ve said many times before if this was a statue of Hitler everyone would agree it couldn’t stay!” wrote another person. “Why oh why is it ok to keep these other mass murderers up.”

Should VI preserve names of landmarks that honour slave traders, thieves & murders?

It was on September 7, 2020, when controversial ex-governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert angered many Virgin Islanders and other descendants of slaves when he boldly stated during an interview on 284Media that the Virgin Islands should preserve the names of landmarks named after perpetrators of chattel slavery and genocide.

Many Virgin Islanders, including radio hosts/Social commentators Claude O. Skelton Cline and Cromwell Smith aka ‘Edju En Ka’ had called for places in the VI named after slave traders, thieves and murders, to be renamed.

“All the places that we have is named after these murderers and thieves," Smith told the listening audience on an episode on his Umoja show on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

Ex-Governor angers VI

However, the then Governor indicated that he shared a difference in opinion, which is to preserve the names of landmarks that were named after the very people, like Sir Francis Drake, who inflicted decades of harm and suffering on the ancestors of Virgin Islanders and other Caribbean people.

“I think it’s really important that people are taught the history and taught to understand… a specific name change maybe takes it away, rather actually explaining and making sure that people understand what these various different symbols, names and places meant and understand the full history around them.”

No reparations for VI- ex-Gov Jaspert

Mr Jaspert, who announced a Commission of Inquiry into governance in the Virgin Islands on Martin Luther King Day, on January 18, 2021, was also questioned on whether the UK intends to pay reparations in the Virgin Islands. He hinted that the Crown has no intentions of compensating people of African descent for the terror and injustices they suffered as a result of chattel slavery practised by the UK.

“In terms of reparations, that’s not a position the United Kingdom has taken, that’s not something that here [VI], that’s is in the position, but I think it is always worth ensuring that we learn lessons from the past and we reflect on what a horrific period in history that was,” he said.

Since the Interview, many progressive Virgin Islanders have said the Governor’s response and presence in the Virgin Islands is a manifestation of white supremacy and that his office remains a remnant of slavery and colonial rule.

21 Responses to “American actress defends man who damaged Columbus statue in Bahamas”

  • hmmm (19/10/2021, 10:29) Like (28) Dislike (10) Reply
    He is out of place. And that actress is also out of place for putting her ideals on the people of another nation. I tell my American friends this is why they are sometimes disliked overseas. American law, politics and values are not universal. Just because it's okay to act one way in America doesn't mean it's acceptable in other places.

    If the Bahamian people want to honour Columbus that's their business. If they want to take down their statue, that's their choice. It's extremely insulting to have foreigners and foreign raised citizens come and dictate how things should be based on their outside perspective.

    Just like here in the VI if we ever want to change the name of any place that would be our choice. I wouldn't appreciate waking up to see that a foreigner destoryed something because they thought themselves an activist.

    It is not anyone's place to go outside their country into a foreign country and dictate morals. That is actually colonisation. The irony is by doing this that American is being what she profests to hate.
  • We will never forget (19/10/2021, 10:45) Like (5) Dislike (23) Reply

    Remember racist j***r say we should forget about slavery

    • who? (19/10/2021, 15:23) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      I’ve never heard of Amanda Seals. Who cares what she thinks?
    • History (19/10/2021, 15:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      It’s pretty funny to hear Cromwell Smith complains about historical perceived wrongs.
  • Woi (19/10/2021, 12:44) Like (14) Dislike (12) Reply
    Look how the racists and imperialists get so flustered when you point out their sins! VINO must have spoiled their day..lol. Always amazes me how they don't like black people to tell it like it is.
    • shabba (19/10/2021, 15:28) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
      You a racist thinking of ppl disagree with you they ain’t black! I am black as black knows an I KNOW blacks jus as racist as any. We can do better than play the victim all the time.
  • It’s true (19/10/2021, 13:22) Like (30) Dislike (5) Reply
    Christopher Columbus Wasn’t a nice guy , he was a slave driver & rapist , sexing the young boys & what so ever , y’all teaching our kids the wrong history
  • Maxwell (19/10/2021, 13:52) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    I wholeheartedly agree with the man who took the sledge hammer to the statue. In hindsight I am appalled by the fact that as a black man I was thought by black teachers that Columbus discovered the BVI when in fact persons were already here inhabiting these islands. Talk about white washing history. Same thing in Africa.
    • @maxwell (19/10/2021, 15:33) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      And as a black woman im ashamed we get taught we are the indigenous ppl of BVI and have more of a right to this place than other races. We came after the Tainos, Arawaks, Caribs and whites. Even before them there were probably others.
  • Nabukka (19/10/2021, 14:55) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Burn them. The fire coming. I am for taking down all colonial names from the Virgin Islands now. Blackburn, sir Francis drake etc. Name the roads after our late Chief Ministers and Premiers.
  • josiah'sbay (19/10/2021, 18:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Statutes of Columbus and other similar people are nothing more than a manifestation of colonialism. Where the powerless have to suffer under the whims of the powerful. The presence of these statures today is simply an indicator of how many people still exist with a colonial mentality. The barbaric and inhuman atrocities they have committed are documented and clear. So, why do we still have them in public spaces used by the descendants of those who were abuse.
  • Columbus (19/10/2021, 19:18) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Freedom of speech should be encouraged but to damage Government, public or any property belonging to another without reasonable excuse is a crime and should be dealt with accordingly. Suppose I have an issue with this actress or the accused person should I seek to cause them harm or to lets say keyed their car?
    • josiah'sbay (20/10/2021, 08:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Columbus: In normal circumstances what you say is true. In an agitated space things are different. Power concede nothing without being challenged. In most of these statues cases the offenders of the abused group have had more than enough time to hear and take an empathetic stance regarding the issue but have refused to do so. Breaking existing laws are sometimes a means to an end.
  • Madussa (19/10/2021, 23:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pull down all of the statues and signs named after these henchmen that are in our faces every day still looking down on us, but keep them in the history books so future generations will know the truth about these monsters! I've had enough of this WHITEWASHING crap about they were heroes when we all know they were NOT!!!! No more Slavery and bending over backward to impress any racists that come our way!!!! Zero tolerance!!!!
  • home boy (20/10/2021, 08:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is amazing to me is how much people in the BVI is still defending this colonists mentally, and I am talking about black BVIlanders , we need to remove all them colonist symbols from our islands we are in charge of our destiny now, stop the Uncle Tom mentality. Columbus is no hero of our people.
  • She has a point (20/10/2021, 08:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    People cheered when they pulled down saddam’s statue & they would never tolerate a nazi statue.

    About history what I find severely lacking is the knowledge that Africa was colonized by European countries with two African nations resisting their invasions if my memory is correct. Ethiopia was one of those nations.

    There has been tremendous and atrocious disruption in Africa and people still perpetuate this false narrative of Africans being to blame for slavery.

    When people show up with guns seeking slaves you can fill in the gaps. Someone spoke of seeing slave castles along the coast for themselves as proof but Africans aren’t known to build European style castles.

    In Australia and South America similar events occurred. The gun, false religious piety and racism allowed for extensive global colonization and murder.
  • Big Slick Willie (20/10/2021, 10:38) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who cares?
  • Yow (20/10/2021, 16:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thou shall not worship idols of any race. Period.


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