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Take Action to Remove the Monaghan Statue
Saturday, October 16, @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pmFree
Rally to be held Saturday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Riverfront Park Clock Tower, Spokane. The campaign is sponsored by CAC Community Outreach.
In 1899, when the United States was aggressively conquering the native lands of foreign people to extend U.S. influence, the U.S. Navy received orders to attack Sāmoa in an effort to install a ruler favorable to the United States. The USS Philadelphia shelled Sāmoan villages, targeting and killing civilian populations, including women and children. An eyewitness reported “shells bursting everywhere; the cries of the bedridden and the helplessly wounded burning alive in their blazing houses … mangled children crawling on the sands.” Ensign John R. Monaghan, who was from the Spokane area, was among the U.S. officers and sailors who went ashore to burn villages.
The Monaghan statue and its pediment are problematic for three important reasons. First, they commemorate a war that was not honorable. Second, the pediment uses degrading language, perpetuates racist stereotypes, and misrepresents Sāmoan defenders. Lastly, they serve as a constant reminder of a painful past and continue to inflict harm and cause pain to the Sāmoan and the larger Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities of Spokane. This monument continues to serve to as a rallying point for anti-Sāmoan racism.
For more information and to sign the on-line petition go here: https://tinyurl.com/RemoveRacistStatue