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Mayor Alan Webber and Santa Fe’s Controversial Monuments

A cop stands in front of a vandalized obelisk, with graffiti reading "RACIST" and "TEWA LAND".

June 26, 2020Protests against racism and debates over monuments have captivated Santa Fe, both in past decades and today. The focal point of the debate today is a Civil War-era obelisk that once referred to Native Americans as “savage.” Vandals defaced it and in the same week, the city removed a statue of Don Diego de Vargas from Cathedral Park. Gwyneth Doland talks with Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber about his approach to the conflicts and the path forward.  

Correspondent: Gwyneth Doland  

Guest: Alan Webber, Santa Fe Mayor 

For More Information
A Shift in the Tide: Ahead of Planned Protests, Santa Fe Mayor Announces His Support of Removing Racist Monuments from City PropertySanta Fe Reporter  
A Long Time Coming: Demonstrators Celebrate the Removal of Racist Monuments in Downtown Santa Fe  – Santa Fe Reporter  
Petition Asks Santa Fe Leaders Not to Take Down Spanish Colonizer Monuments –  Santa Fe New Mexican  
Santa Fe Plaza centerpiece falls victim to vandalismAlbuquerque Journal  
Opinion: Is this the best way to reconcile?Santa Fe New Mexican  
Opinion: Take down symbols of oppressionSanta Fe New Mexican  

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