No Statue Is Safe from Justice's Wrath

For too long, America has institutionalized its racism—in its museums, in its awards ceremonies, and in its statues. Now the people are fighting back.

Christopher Columbus should be scared.

This week a statue of Columbus in Boston was beheaded. Over 1000 protestors gathered in Boston to support Indigenous peoples, an offshoot of the Black Lives Matter protests that have sprung up after the death of George Floyd.

"We stand in solidarity with black and brown communities that are tired of being murdered by an out-of-control, militarized and violent police force," read a statement from the the Richmond Indigenous Society, which took part in the rally.

Columbus is also floating at the bottom of a lake in Richmond, Virginia.

This comes after a wave of protests that culminated in the removal of statues of some of America's most valorized founders—AKA the slave-owners, colonizers, and genocidal rapists who built America by oppressing others, and who are somehow still allowed to lurk in statue form across America.

Most of the Columbus statue protests have been spearheaded by Native American activists and Black Lives Matter activists, standing in solidarity together.

Since Christopher Columbus played a major role in the genocide of Indigenous Americans and the beginning of the American slave trade, it makes sense that the descendants of the people he hurt would be attacking tributes to him.

The destruction of Columbus statues follows the toppling of several other statues, including a number of Confederate statues in Richmond, Virginia, namely a vestige of Confederate President Jefferson Davies.

In downtown Miami, police arrested 7 protestors after they spray painted a statue of Columbus and explorer Juan Ponce De Leon.

In Sacramento, statue of John Sutter—a Swiss pioneer who enslaved thousands of Native Americans—was vandalized.

"I think we glorify folks for the contributions without knowing the history of what actually happened. Native people have been hunted for thousands of years, and we know what Sutter fort stands for," said Britta Guerrero, CEO of the Sacramento Native American Health Center. "Until the lion learns to write the story, we will glorify the hunter. This is the white-washed version of history so that one person or one community, one people, is the hero and usually the darker version is the villain. The indigenous people that were and still are very much here and thriving today - let's acknowledge those people who actually fight to protect their family, their culture, and their way of life."

At Texas A&M, a statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross was spray-painted with the words "BLM" and "ACAB" and was covered in red paint. The previous week, a petition to remove the statue received 20,000 signatures. Ross was a confederate general.

At the University of Mississippi, a Confederate monument was vandalized during a Black Lives Matter protest, emblazoned with the words "spiritual genocide" and red handprints.

The statue-toppling tradition has extended to England, where a statue of slaveholder Robert Milligan was removed from the Museum of London Docklands. A statue of Winston Churchill was also sprayed with graffiti in Parliament Square. In Bristol, a statue of slave trader Edward Colston was thrown into a harbor.

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People have been requesting the removal of statues of slaveowners and colonizers for years, in an ongoing process to remove symbols of America's racist past from its institutions. The fact that they still stand—and that so many people consider statues of villainous killers to be emblematic of American democracy—is proof that this past still very heavily influences this nation's present.

The practice of removing Columbus statues is not a new one. When the Duvalier regime was overthrown in Haiti in the 70s, protestors—many direct descendants of slaves—tossed a statue of Columbus into the sea.

Currently, attention has turned towards the statue of Columbus that currently stands at New York City's Columbus Circle. Governor Andrew Cuomo declined to call for the removal of the massive, grandiose structure, but Indigenous activists say it's long past time that it was removed.

"I think with everything that is going on now … I don't see why (the city) would have an argument against keeping the Christopher Columbus statue," Melissa Iakowi:he'ne' Oakes, director if the American Indian Community House, told ABC News.

Of course, some people are pushing against the statues' destruction. Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, an Italian-American Bostonian, called Columbus a "celebration of Italian heritage."

Gillian Mason, another Italian-American who lives in the area, replied, "The most shameful part of Italian American history is we've forgotten the fact that we were once victims of white supremacy and we started to side with the oppressor."

"In terms of the old guard who's going to come out and defend this, I would just say, think again," Mason added, according to MassLive. "It's time to get really clear about what our history actually is and to start doing some truth and reconciliation about the role we've played really as traitors to the multiracial working class in a lot of ways."

"I think it's a little tone-deaf to think that all the residents of this neighborhood who are Italian American are going to be proudly supporting Columbus," said Green, who launched the petition. "I think we know more now than we did when we were kids. There's more ways to celebrate being Italian Americans, ones that aren't so morally compromised."

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The Best Apps for Craft Beer Delivery

Try beers from all over the world–from your phone.

With breweries and distilleries out of business for the foreseeable future, your favorite beer may feel particularly out of reach this time of year, especially with the weather changing. But don't let quarantine suck all the fun out of summer. Luckily, thanks to technology, a lot of craft beer is now deliverable straight to your door step. Here are a few of the best apps to help make sure you stay up to date on the latest trendy brews.

Tavour

Tavour

Simplistic and elegant, Tavour allows users to easily fill up a box of beer over a period of time before shipping. The app offers more than 650 different breweries both local and national and is perfect for those who like to experiment. It's easy to use, and their menu rotates regularly so you and your beer never grow stale.

TapRM

TapRM

TapRM offers a wide range of both craft beers and hard seltzers. While based almost exclusively in New York City, the app offers fast, same day delivery from some of the best beer brands in the world. They also provide a unique selection of beers to help you find your new favorite. All you need to do is download the app and place your order!

Drizly

Offering a stark variety of craft beer, Drizly allows its users to mix and match 12-packs, sixers or by the bottle. Their guarantee is that they can have whatever you order delivered to your house in less than an hour. You can even schedule your delivery for a specific time, with each delivery taking around 20-40 minutes.

Saucey

Saucey takes delivery very seriously. When you order with them they guarantee that they'll deliver in 30-minutes or less, or they guarantee two day shipping. Also, beer aside, their entire liquor cabinet is also up for grabs. From tequila and whiksey, to vodka and wine, nothing is off the table for Saucey.

Beer Menus

BeerMenus

For those who enjoy strictly local beers, BeerMenus features a tap list from local bars and a broader stock list from your neighborhood beer store. With that, you can make sure to create a list of your favorite beers in your neighborhood, so that when they're in stock you can be ready to go.

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Do Function Of Beauty's Products Really Work?

I tried their natural shampoo & conditioner for a month

When my social life suddenly dried up one weekend, I spent it with myself, and that meant I finally had more time to play with my hair.

I usually just throw it up in a ponytail, but I was French braiding, blow-drying, and having so much fun with it. It also meant I got to really study my strands, and I noticed they seemed drier and less shiny than they used to.

My cousin is a hairstylist, so I asked for her honest rec's, and she told me a lot of her clients have switched to the customized Function of Beauty haircare line, especially since it gets delivered to your door.

The packaging looked beautiful, and they had everything I needed to repair my hair. I decided to sign up and document my process to see if their stuff actually made a difference. Here's how my first month went:

Week One

The Quiz: Function of Beauty starts with a quiz. They ask for information on your hair type and your top 5 hair goals, so they can customize. For example, I wanted to cut down on frizz, so my shampoo and conditioner contained tamarind extract + argan oil.

The Basics: For scent, I chose the limited edition "strike a (r)ose" fragrance in strong, and for color, I went with a pink shade for both, but you can mix and match if you like.

The Rest: I also got the custom hair serum for styling, the weekly hair mask, and the leave-in conditioner.

When everything arrived, the colors were prettier in person, and everything smelled amazing. They at least looked high quality! I was excited to see if they would really help my hair.

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Week Two

I figured I'd forget to use some of my products some days, but everything smelled so good, I was really looking forward to my self-care hair routine!

The S & C: So, because I chose the strong scent for my shampoo and conditioner, every time I shower, I get to smell the rosiness in my hair for hours! That's a really nice touch.

The Serum: I'm using the hair serum now before I blow-dry my hair, and it definitely makes a difference - I notice my hair gets more volume without looking so dry and looks much glossier.

The Mask: The weekly hair mask was super goopy in a good way - it'll definitely last a while, even with medium-long hair. I don't know if I noticed a difference afterward, though.

The Leave-In: The leave-in conditioner isn't greasy at all, which is fantastic, and sooo much better than the last one I used, that would also leave me looking a lil' greazy.

Week Three

I was doing the mask when video chatting my friend in a different state, and she thought I was dying my hair blue. Since my hair is looking healthier, it gave me the idea that maybe I could dye it lighter soon, and not turn it into a pile of straw.

Oh, my Function of Beauty package also came with stickers, so I spent a night putting them on all the bottles.

Week Four

Ok, my hair definitely looks healthier.

This guy I was talking to on a dating app asked to FaceTime me the other day, and I was super nervous - what if we had no chemistry? Or literally, anything to talk about?

I did a fun blowout just to calm my nerves, but we ended up having a weirdly huge amount of things in common, like breaking the same 2 bones - so weird!! We're making plans to meet up sometime in the future.

After four weeks of taking care of my hair with Function of Beauty products, I can't imagine using anything else - even if my hair changes (like, if I do dye it blonde), I can easily change my formula for special purple shampoo or change my hair goals, to keep it healthy.

I really like all the products and their scents, and it's so convenient getting everything shipped to my door every 3 months (you can also choose every month, every six months, or a one-time purchase).

Since the packaging is so cute, I'm probably going to gift this to my best friend for her birthday! We can do hair masks together online, while she walks me through my upcoming date. 😂

UPDATE: Function of Beauty is offering our readers a special offer! Get 20% OFF your first order. Follow this link and start the hair profile quiz!

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Do Function Of Beauty's Products Really Work?

I tried their natural shampoo & conditioner for a month

When my social life suddenly dried up one weekend, I spent it with myself, and that meant I finally had more time to play with my hair.

I usually just throw it up in a ponytail, but I was French braiding, blow-drying, and having so much fun with it. It also meant I got to really study my strands, and I noticed they seemed drier and less shiny than they used to.

My cousin is a hairstylist, so I asked for her honest rec's, and she told me a lot of her clients have switched to the customized Function of Beauty haircare line, especially since it gets delivered to your door.

The packaging looked beautiful, and they had everything I needed to repair my hair. I decided to sign up and document my process to see if their stuff actually made a difference. Here's how my first month went:

Week One

The Quiz: Function of Beauty starts with a quiz. They ask for information on your hair type and your top 5 hair goals, so they can customize. For example, I wanted to cut down on frizz, so my shampoo and conditioner contained tamarind extract + argan oil.

The Basics: For scent, I chose the limited edition "strike a (r)ose" fragrance in strong, and for color, I went with a pink shade for both, but you can mix and match if you like.

The Rest: I also got the custom hair serum for styling, the weekly hair mask, and the leave-in conditioner.

When everything arrived, the colors were prettier in person, and everything smelled amazing. They at least looked high quality! I was excited to see if they would really help my hair.

Pink Function Of Beauty Shampoo Bottle

Week Two

I figured I'd forget to use some of my products some days, but everything smelled so good, I was really looking forward to my self-care hair routine!

The S & C: So, because I chose the strong scent for my shampoo and conditioner, every time I shower, I get to smell the rosiness in my hair for hours! That's a really nice touch.

The Serum: I'm using the hair serum now before I blow-dry my hair, and it definitely makes a difference - I notice my hair gets more volume without looking so dry and looks much glossier.

The Mask: The weekly hair mask was super goopy in a good way - it'll definitely last a while, even with medium-long hair. I don't know if I noticed a difference afterward, though.

The Leave-In: The leave-in conditioner isn't greasy at all, which is fantastic, and sooo much better than the last one I used, that would also leave me looking a lil' greazy.

Week Three

I was doing the mask when video chatting my friend in a different state, and she thought I was dying my hair blue. Since my hair is looking healthier, it gave me the idea that maybe I could dye it lighter soon, and not turn it into a pile of straw.

Oh, my Function of Beauty package also came with stickers, so I spent a night putting them on all the bottles.

Week Four

Ok, my hair definitely looks healthier.

This guy I was talking to on a dating app asked to FaceTime me the other day, and I was super nervous - what if we had no chemistry? Or literally, anything to talk about?

I did a fun blowout just to calm my nerves, but we ended up having a weirdly huge amount of things in common, like breaking the same 2 bones - so weird!! We're making plans to meet up sometime in the future.

After four weeks of taking care of my hair with Function of Beauty products, I can't imagine using anything else - even if my hair changes (like, if I do dye it blonde), I can easily change my formula for special purple shampoo or change my hair goals, to keep it healthy.

I really like all the products and their scents, and it's so convenient getting everything shipped to my door every 3 months (you can also choose every month, every six months, or a one-time purchase).

Since the packaging is so cute, I'm probably going to gift this to my best friend for her birthday! We can do hair masks together online, while she walks me through my upcoming date. 😂

UPDATE: Function of Beauty is offering our readers a special offer! Get $20 off your first order above $60! Follow this link and start the hair profile quiz!