USA: Political correctness may take down Columbus statue in New York but Italian-Americans protest

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

The statue, which is over 100 years old, is one of the city artifacts currently under review in an effort to remove “symbols of hate.”

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, an ally of de Blasio and fellow Democrat, has called for the statue of Columbus to come down. “I will wait for the commission, as I said Christopher Columbus is a controversial figure to many of us particularly in the Caribbean and I think that that has to be looked at, when you have to look at history we have to look at it thoroughly and clearly,” she said on Monday, CBS reports.

Italian American elected officials and community leaders took to the steps of City Hall on Thursday to blast de Blasio and his possible decision.

Columbus’ heritage is in danger not only in New York.

  • In Oberlin (Ohio), the second Monday in October has changed from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. “Columbus has enjoyed 500 years of praise, and it’s now time to shift the spotlight,” Councilwoman Linda Slocum said during Monday’s meeting, the Chronicle reported.
  • In Baltimore (Maryland) monument to Christopher Columbus — believed to be the first one erected to the Italian explorer in America — was destroyed with sledgehammer.
  • In Detroit (Michigan) dozens of people covered the statue of Columbus with a black banner “Reclaiming our history”.
  • In Houston (Texas) a statue of Italian explorer was vandalized. Bright red paint was splattered from the Italian explorer’s head to his toes.

Much of the country has demanded the elimination of references to, and images of, people of the past — from Christopher Columbus to Robert E. Lee — who do not meet our evolving standards of probity,” The National Review comments. “But cleansing the past is a dangerous business. The wide liberal search for more enemies of the past may soon take progressives down hypocritical pathways they would prefer not to walk!