University of California, Santa Cruz removes El Camino Real Bell that marks to be more inclusive   D

University of California, Santa Cruz removes El Camino Real Bell that marks to be more inclusive D

October 13, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


University of California, Santa Cruz removes El Camino Real Bell that marks to be more inclusive D Published: 18:33 BST, 22 June 2019 | Updated: 18:34 BST, 22 June 2019 A university in Northern on Friday removed a bell marking the 18th century Catholic missions that Native Americans say glorifies racism. The University of California, Santa Cruz invited community members to the campus to witness the removal Friday of the El Camino Real bell. Named after the route taken by Franciscan priests, the bell was one of hundreds displayed across the state highways to honor the Hispanic past and to expand tourism. University of California, Santa Cruz removed the El Camino Real bell on Friday. David Jessen, left, and Mitch Smith, both UC Santa Cruz employees, are pictured during a ceremony  A detailed view of graffiti on an El Camino Real bell marker located at UC Santa Cruz. The bell is named after the route taken by Franciscan priests, marks 18th century Catholic missions and is one of hundreds displayed across the state Native Americans say glorifies racism as the missions cut their ancestors off from cultural traditions and enslaved those who converted to Christianity. Attendees join hands in group prayer But many Native Americans say the missions cut their ancestors off from their traditional languages and cultures and enslaved those who converted to Christianity.  The bell marker, which memorializes the California Missions and an imagined route of travel that once connected them, is viewed by the Amah Mutsun and many other California indigenous people as a racist symbol that glorifies the domination and dehumanization of their ancestors, UCSC stated.  The school listened to members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band as well as students and community members about what the bell meant to them as the chair of the tribal band said it was used to celebrate the destruction, domination and erasure of our people. Valentin Lopez, chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, speaks in front of an El Camino Real bell marker before it was officially removed The cast iron bell marker is one of hundreds in the state which memorializes the California Missions and is viewed by the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and others as racist Andrea Soria from Santa Cruz photographs an El Camino Real bell marker before it was officially removed from the campus of UC Santa Cruz Daniel Lopez, a member of the Inland Empire Brown Berets indigenous rights group from Riverside, Calif., kneels by the removed El Camino Real bell marker after a ceremony held at UC Santa Cruz on Friday It is shameful that these places where our ancestors were enslaved, whipped, raped, tortured and exposed to fatal diseases have been whitewashed and converted into tourist attractions, Valentine Lopez declared. The universitys vice chancellor of business and administrative services, Sarah Latham, wanted to be more inclusive  The universitys vice chancellor of business and administrative services, Sarah Latham, said the decision to remove the bell came after outreach attempts this past academic year. The university ultimately moved forward with the removal in support of efforts to be more inclusive, Latham said. The Amah Mutsun identified two acceptable options for the disposal of the bell: placing it in a museum with proper historical context or melting it down. The university hasnt decided on the bells fate, but it will do more outreach to find the best solution, Latham said. The bell was placed on the campus in the 1990s and was a copy of the original mission bells. Decision to remove bell from UCSC campus came after outreach attempts this academic year The comments below have been moderated in advance. By posting your comment you agree to our . Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual. Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. Well ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook. You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook. Your details from Facebook will be used to provide you with tailored content, marketing and ads in line with our . Published by Associated Newspapers Ltd Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday Metro Media Group