‘A monument to white supremacy’: Activists call for the removal of Drake’s Cross in San Francisco

Drake’s Cross is a symbol of white supremacy, according to Richard White, a Stanford University historian. Photo by Jesse Smith.

Activists in Marin County are calling for the renaming of places commemorating Sir Francis Drake, the colonizer who sailed around the world in the 16th century. But one monument to Drake has gone largely unnoticed amid calls to tear down monuments to problematic people and parts of American history.

Drake's Cross is 60 feet tall and sits in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Opponents call it a “monument to white supremacy.”

Credits

Guest:
Richard White - Stanford University historian and author of “California Exposures: Envisioning Myth and History”

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin, Caleigh Wells