NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio may take down Christopher Columbus statue

Peter Castro
August 28, 2017

That review includes the statue of Columbus, the 15th- century Italian explorer who made multiple voyages to the Americas.

The next day, at the Democratic mayoral debate, de Blasio said, "We have to look at everything here", CBS News reported.

In New York City, de Blasio vowed to remove any "symbols of hate" located in any of the city's five boroughs.

White supremacists were protesting Charlottesville city leaders' plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

De Blasio, who is also part Italian, has previously marched in New York City's Columbus Day parade.

"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.

Democratic City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito echoed the mayor's stance, saying the memorial celebrates a disputable historical figure.

"I think that that has to be looked at and we have to look at history", she said during the rally. "This is an unfortunate chapter in New York City's history".

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"The one iconic symbol for Italian-Americans was Christopher Columbus".

Oh, and Christopher Columbus is not just a target in NY. Diane Savino added, "Italians are everywhere in this state". "When the guidelines/criteria for review are set by the commission, we will make sure they are available to the public".

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.

Italian Americans will vote against those politicians who show their hatred of them by seeking to take down the statue of Christopher Columbus in NY, an advocate of the community vowed on Sunday.

"I'm an Italian American, Italian Americans have [for] a long time been taught to be proud of Columbus, there's a lot to not be proud of as well", he said, according to CBS.

Joe Guagliardo, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations, warned: "I represent over 60 organizations, over a million members, and I can promise you this, at the parade this year we will remember who our friends are. If a radical group bent on sanitizing history doesn't want the statue at Columbus Circle anymore, Staten Island will gladly accept it".

"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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