Published: Mon, August 28, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

NYC Mayor May Remove Columbus Statue

NYC Mayor May Remove Columbus Statue

More recent views and protests of Columbus have been critical of his colonization and mistreatment of natives during his lifetime.

New York City and its ultra liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio, are considering removing a statue of Christopher Columbus that has stood in the city since the late 1800s.

Another sign called the statue 'A tribute to racism and genocide'.

Modern biographers, including Stanford University professor emerita Carol Delaney, have shown that Columbus was a decent man who is improperly blamed for everything that went wrong after 1492.

De Blasio has ordered a review after the events earlier in August in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a violent white supremacist rally started over the potential removal of a Confederate monument resulted in the deaths of one anti-racist protester and two police officers, Daily Mail reports.

The rally turned deadly when a auto plowed into a group of demonstrators, killing 34-year-old Heather Heyer, who was protesting white supremacists.

'It's Columbus today and who knows who will be on this secret list tomorrow, ' Staten Island Councilmen Joe Borelli said Thursday, according to CBS New York.

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The current caricature of Columbus now being peddled by some politicians and activists comes from the likes of Ward Churchill, the disgraced professor infamous for calling NY victims of 9/11 "little Eichmanns".

Former "Saturday Night Live" comedian Joe Piscopo also spoke at the rally and bashed political correct nonsense.

The Italian-born Columbus was one of the first Europeans to reach the Americas, and his expeditions initiated the first lasting trans-Atlantic contacts. Does that mean I'm not gonna get a rest stop named after me on the Jersey Turnpike?' he said. The political correctness is killing us'.

The Columbus statue was donated to New York City in 1892 by a group of Italian Americans.

It's not just Columbus who is under siege.

"When we look at history, we have to look at it thoroughly, and [Columbus] is a controversial figure", said Speaker of the New York City Council and native of Puerto Rico Melissa Mark-Viverito at a press conference on August 21.

Following de Blasio's declaration, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, in remarks to reporters Monday, suggested the mayor's yet-to-be formed panel should include in its review the statue of the Italian American explorer that has towered over Columbus Circle since the 1890s. "He was a slave trader", Victoria Valentine told News 8.

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