The slippery slope that President Trump predicted would come about as America's frenzy to destroy offensive statues reached fever-pitch levels is slowly coming to fruition. Next up in the runnings is the Columbus Circle monument in New York, whose statue dedicated to the famed explorer Christopher Columbus has ruffled a few SJW feathers.
According to the New York Post, "the 76-foot structure honoring the explorer at Columbus Circle should be among the statues reviewed by the city for potential purging, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said on Monday."
Mark-Viverito pointed her crosshairs at Columbus while advocating the removal of another statue: controversial Dr. J. Marion Sims, who is alleged to have conducted medical experiments on slaves without anesthesia.
“I would definitely encourage them to take a look at that one as well,” Mark-Viverito said.
The Columbus statue was given to America by the Italians in 1892. Columbus is a revered figure in Italy.
“There obviously has been ongoing dialogue and debate in the Caribbean — particularly in Puerto Rico where I’m from — about this same conversation that there should be no monument or statue of Christopher Columbus based on what he signifies to the native population ... [the] oppression and everything that he brought with him,” she added.
Her remarks come as NYC Mayor De Blasio has promised to assemble a task force to remove all hateful statues in the city. His Italian roots have shown his conflict regarding Columbus, as he participated in the Columbus Day parade.
“The historical figure of Columbus is complicated, to say the least,” de Blasio said before marching in the parade in 2013. “There’s some troubling things in his history.”
De Blasio has not commented as to whether he wants to remove the statue.
“I’m not going to get into the business of speaking to each specific situation because I want there to be an objective process,” he said at a press conference. “[But] it obviously is one of the ones that will get very immediate attention because of the tremendous concerns about it.”
The assembled task force will set a “universal standard” of hate statues and give "recommendations about which items on city property to remove," according to the Post.
“I’ll look at that and make decisions accordingly,” said de Blasio. “We’re going to look at all statues and monuments that in any way may suggest hate or division or racism, anti-Semitism — any kind of message that is against the values of New York City.”