Around 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, photos of a "bloody" Christopher Columbus statute by Fresco's Waterfront Bistro in downtown St. Petersburg started making the rounds on social media. The Knights of Columbus Council, a Catholic charity, erected the statue there in May of 1960.
We know what you're thinking, but no, it wasn't stigmata. St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department promptly sent staff to clean the "blood" off the statue; it was likely red paint, according to the mayor's office.
While vandalizing statues of Christopher Columbus does happen – in Detroit, locals found a Columbus statue with a hatchet through the head
and fake blood oozing from the "wound" – the vandalism tends to happen on Columbus Day, not Thanksgiving.
Such protests revolve around Columbus' reputation as the one who "discovered" the Americas and exploited the people who, in 1491, called the two continents and surrounding islands home.
While no one's saying Europeans didn't destroy the indigenous cultures they found here, historically, the vandal missed a few details. Since we can't contact the vandal directly, we're hoping he or she sees this piece because, well, #TheMoreYouKnow.
Nothing says "give thanks" like fake blood on a Christopher Columbus statue.