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Christopher Columbus statue in NYC could be considered for removal

Christopher Columbus statue in NYC could be considered for removal

A Staten Island politician said "revisionist history" is behind the City Council Speaker's suggestion to remove a prominent statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle under an ongoing review of city monuments.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio may order the removal of the statue of Christopher Columbus in Manhattan's Columbus Circle.

In addition to his role in genocide against Native Americans, Columbus was also a brutal tyrant who frequently abused his power as governor and viceroy of the Indies. Critics note his cruel treatment of native peoples and his active participation in the slave trade.

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

Spurred by the events in Charlottesville, Baltimore's mayor ordered the quiet removal of the city's Confederate statues last week.

'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. "This is an unfortunate chapter in New York City's history". 'Stop the political correctness.

Historically, and around Columbus Day, several citizens and activists will reignite the conversation in Newport on why we shouldn't celebrate Columbus Day and why the statue should come down.

Joseph Guagliardo, who is chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian-American Organizations, told host John Catsimatidis on his Sunday radio show "The Cats Roundtable" on AM 970 in NY that "we are going to remember all those people that hate Italian-Americans and that are [seeking to take down the Columbus statue]..."

It's not just Columbus who is under siege.

De Blasio's commission has 90 days to review the possible removal of statues and plaques on city property.

'Peter Stuyvesant was an extreme racist who targeted Jews and other minorities including Catholics and energetically tried to prohibit them from settling in then New Amsterdam, ' said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the head of the Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center told the New York Post.

"Italians are everywhere in this state", State Sen.

As a prominent NY historical figure, removing traces of Stuyvesant could prove a daunting task.

This is not the first time the Buffalo statue has been defaced, The Buffalo News reports.

"He said Confederate statues that were reminders of slavery and racism deserved to be banned, but, do we remove statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson?" said Albanese.


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