The New York City Council has announced plans to consider removing statues of legendary figures such as George Washington and Christopher Columbus. This comes two years after New York City removed a statue of Thomas Jefferson from City Hall because he owned slaves during his lifetime more than 200 years ago.
NYC wants to remove statues of George Washington.
Hey, remember when Trump warned about exactly that? pic.twitter.com/WTXmP9mpkv
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Washington and Columbus statues in danger in NYC
Fox News reported that the council’s Cultural Affairs Committee is considering legislation that would remove art on city property that “depicts a person who owned slaves or directly benefited economically from slavery, or who participated in systemic crimes against indigenous peoples or other crimes against humanity . ”
Both Washington and Columbus were slave owners.
The bill, authored by Brooklyn Council Sany Nurse, states that if the commission rules that a statue or monument honors someone who has committed crimes against humanity, but then votes against removing the artwork, the city must issue an “explanatory plaque.” posting details of the alleged wrongdoing. of the historical figure.
“This bill would also require the Department of Transportation to consult with the Department of Education to place plaques on sidewalks or other public spaces adjacent to schools named after an individual who meets the criteria,” Nurse said.
You can read more about this in the video below.
Critics are firing back
However, critics are already fighting back, saying this is yet another example of cancel culture going too far.
“Columbus was a migrant!” Angelo Vivolo, president of the Columbus Heritage Coalition, told The New York Post.
Vivolo further pledged that he will fight the removal of every Columbus statue in New York City, the most famous of which is the explorer’s statue on Columbus Circle.
‘I thought this was over. This woke group wants to cancel our culture,” Vivolo complained. ‘I’m here for the fight. The Italian American community will come out strongly against this move to ban Columbus, a symbol of Italian American achievement. But it’s not just Columbus. You’re going against Washington, Jefferson. You are going against the people who have made great contributions to America.”
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Republican lawmakers in New York agree with him.
“This is little more than an attempt by the radical left to rewrite our nation’s history,” said Joann Ariola (R-Queens). “These men all had a tremendous impact on this country, and these statues commemorating their achievements have been in place for decades.
“The radical left has tried to redefine our nation as one born of evil, and it is time we put our foot down and say enough is enough,” she continued. “The Founding Fathers and the others who worked so hard to establish this great country should be celebrated, not erased from memory.”
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Joe Borelli, the Council’s Republican minority leader, blasted his Democratic colleagues for the measure.
“How original. The Council is good for a committee that bans a statue every year, second only to our annual ‘cars are bad’ hearings,” Borelli said. “They now receive the same attention as the World Series of obscure Canadian winter sports on ESPN Ocho. Even the MyPillow guy wouldn’t buy ads during the broadcast.
— OutKick (@Outkick) September 20, 2023
Jefferson statue removed
Unfortunately, this threat against historical statues and monuments is not in vain. In 2021, a 187-year-old statue of Thomas Jefferson was removed from City Hall due to the former president’s ties to slavery.
“Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner who owned more than 600 people,” Assemblywoman Adrienne Adams, co-chair of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, said at the time, according to CNN.
“It makes me very uncomfortable to know that we are sitting in the presence of a statue that honors a slave owner who fundamentally believed that people who look like me were inherently inferior, lacking in intelligence, and unworthy of freedom or justice,” she continued. .
You can read more about this in the video below.
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These are all even sadder examples of how the woke left wants to completely erase our country’s rich history. Washington and Columbus were heroic men who deserve to be remembered with their historical monuments. We can only hope that this woke effort to erase them fails miserably.
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