Category Archives: Lies Across Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, Statues and White Supremacy

There has been a great deal of public conversation in the weeks following the White Supremacist violence in Charlottesville, around the issue of white supremacy and symbols of white supremacy. In Charlotteville, the decision was made to remove a statue … Continue reading

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Anna Bissell Statue in Grand Rapids: Honoring another Capitalist

Last week, a new statue was unveiled in Grand Rapids, in front of the DeVos Convention Center, honoring former CEO of Bissell Corporation, Anna Bissell. The unveiling drew a small crowd consisting mostly of the business community, some descendants of … Continue reading

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Senator Arthur Vandenberg: The Grand Rapids Bi-Partisan Statesman for US Imperialism

As part of our series that looks at statues, monuments and other historic markers in Grand Rapids, we look at Senator Arthur Vandenberg, who’s statue sits across from the Rosa Parks statue near the entrance to Rosa Parks circle.  Arthur … Continue reading

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White Lies Matter: MLive, Holland and the celebration of Settler Colonialism

On Tuesday, February 9, MLive ran an article entitled, Dutch settlers founded Holland on this day in 1847.  The article then says: It was Feb. 9, 1847 when a small group of settlers led by Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte … Continue reading

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Statues, Jay Van Andel and the lie of Free Enterprise

A few days ago we posted a piece that examined one of the statues in the Community Legends series, Chief Noonday. Today, we look at another statue, that of Amway co-founder Jay Van Andel. Van Andel’s was one of the … Continue reading

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Monuments, propaganda and settler colonialism in Grand Rapids

This posting is part of the Lies Across Grand Rapids series that looks at how land marks, monuments and other historical markings tell either a distorted view history or a history that defends power and privilege.  There are numerous statues … Continue reading

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More White Lies: Grand Rapids and Settler Colonialism

Last week, we began a new section for the Grand Rapids People’s History Project, entitled Lies Across Grand Rapids. The purpose behind this part of the larger project is to provide a critical look at historical landmarks and how they … Continue reading

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