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College Removing Bells Because They Are 'Offensive'

Jeff Katz
June 24, 2019 - 12:30 pm

The University of California Santa Cruz has ordered the removal of the historic bells from the "Spanish Missions" because they are offensive to members of the community.

Campus Reform first reported that the university announced it would remove a historical artifact from its campus because community members found the artifact offensive.

These "Spanish Mission" bells were used in the late 1700s through the early 1800s to celebrate the El Camino Real, the trail that connected the 21 California missions, which were built and used to evangelize Native American tribes. Today, the school says they are symbols of oppression and, in a statement, announced they would be removed from campus.

In the statement, Sarah Latham, vice chancellor for Business and Administrative Services, said she was "pleased" the university was able to "work in partnership" on the removal/

Valentin Lopez, chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band who has been pushing for the bells' removal, said, "These bells are deeply painful symbols that celebrate the destruction, domination and erasure of our people. They are constant reminders of the disrespect our tribe faces to this day."

The bells were removed on Friday.