A New York park maintenance worker discovered a Christopher Columbus statue vandalized Tuesday in Central Park.
The Central Park statue of the explorer had “blood”-red paint coating its hands along with the message, “hate will not be tolerated, along with the apparent threat, “#somethingscoming,” reported The New York Post.
A paper sign stuck to the statue read “save your soul” and “#somethingscoming.”
“It bothers me to see [the graffiti]. It’s not positive, it’s destructive,” said resident Sheri Berger to the New York Post. “It reflects a lot of what’s going on in the world right now and this country…it’s about the unrest in the world.”
“That’s the first thing I’ve seen in New York that makes me feel saddened and angry,” said Lois Hammett, a tourist from Tennessee who termed the defacement “disgraceful.” “We have legal ways of protesting.”
Central Park workers cleaned the vandalism Tuesday morning.
New York city councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito proposed in August that the city consider removing the statue.
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