NYC mayor considers taking down Christopher Columbus statue

The NYPD Columbia Association, which has as members thousands of Italian American police officers, has argued the statue should not be removed.

Donovan said that as the mayor seeks to subject each monument and statue in the city to a fitness test to eliminate what hizzoner calls symbols of hate, he should donate the Columbus statue to Staten Island which has one of the largest concentrations of Italian Americans in the nation.

News of the review follows violence earlier this month in Charlottesville, Va., where white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups were protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Mark-Vivirito told the New York Post that "There obviously has been ongoing dialogue and debate in the Caribbean, particularly in Puerto Rico where I'm from, that there should be no monument or statue of Christopher Columbus, based on what he signifies to the native population".


"It's Columbus today and who knows who will be on this secret list tomorrow", Joe Borelli, the councilman for New York's Staten Island borough, said.

His consideration follows a rally held by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and other elected Democrats calling for the removal of a statue of 19th Century doctor J. Marion Sims from Central Park.

"I think that that has to be looked at and we have to look at history", she said during the rally. He discovered our land and generations of Italian-Americans helped build NY.

Oh, and Christopher Columbus is not just a target in NY.


While he is one of the first Europeans to reach the Americas, critics of the explorer cite his cruel treatment of native peoples as well as his role in the slave trade. Diane Savino added, "Italians are everywhere in this state". "We will continue to do so and we will continue to fight to make sure that Columbus Circle remains Columbus Circle".

Mayor de Blasio, who's also Italian American, insists that while there's a lot to commend about the explorer, there's also a lot about Columbus to be ashamed of.

The city council explained that it does not have the authority to remove the statue.

On Friday, protesters gathered around the statue, in Columbus Circle, with signs that read "Columbus didn't discover America he invaded it", "Columbus statues: A tribute to racism and genocide", among others.


"What it suggests is the memory of the Italian-Americans that contributed to building this city, the very buildings that we engage in commerce in, that government sits in", the assemblyman said.


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