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

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

October 16, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


University of California, Santa Cruz removes El Camino Real Bell that marks to be more inclusive 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. 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. 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, 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. People dont want to hear about that kind of thing: Boris repeatedly refuses to answer questions… Mother of five, 31, is banned from EVERY Asda in Britain after being accused of shoplifting when her… Boris neighbour comes forward: Remain supporter, 29, who heard loud scream, then silence at Tory… Bystanders pour buckets of water over acid attack victims after they are run off the road in… Dont Stop Me Now! Queen guitarist Brian May gets angry when he is held at passport control as… Mid air drama as RAF scrambles two Typhoons to intercept Jet 2 aircraft after passenger tries to… Veteran actor William Simons who starred in Heartbeat as PC Alf Ventress dies aged 79  Aristocrat, 50, whose family is worth £2bn does a Prince Harry by marrying American actress, 36,… Enjoy it while it lasts! Sunseekers enjoy 77F heat today before 60 hours of soaking thunderstorms … Woman, 37, who smashed six month old babys skull and sent videos of the injuries to her partner to… She had to get dealt with: Thug tells police why he launched shocking Halloween mask meat cleaver… Leftist millionaires daughter whose playwright husband called police on Boris after recording… Britains richest man billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe has asked neighbours to help pay for his… Tube passenger says she was racially abused by two vile men who refused to believe she was… Iran executes Ministry of Defence official on charges of spying for US This smiling boy murdered his sister just to make his mother suffer. So how can she say she still…