Controversial Columbus Statue Will Stay, With New Monument and Markers Nearby

A commission set up by the mayor to review city statues to determine whether any are “symbols of hate” has determined the city should keep the statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle.

“But the city will put up new historical markers in and around Columbus Circle to ‘continue the public discourse’ — and will commission, at city expense, a new monument honoring indigenous people,” the Daily News reported.

Commission members had varying opinions on the Theodore Roosevelt statue in front of the Museum of Natural History, so that statue is expected to stay in place. The statue shows Roosevelt on horseback flanked by statues that appear to be of a Native American and African man. In October, activists protested it as “a stark embodiment of the white patrician supremacy that Roosevelt himself espoused and promoted,” and a few weeks later the statue was vandalized. The city will work with the museum on public programs and educational material to add context to the statue, and “The Department of Cultural Affairs will also ‘explore the possibility’ of commissioning more explanatory art in the area around the statue,” the Daily News reported.

A statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims at the North end of Central Park will be removed and sent to Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Sims, a gynocologist, experimented on enslaved black women.

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    1. Josh says:

      Will the Sims statue be buried at the cemetery?

    2. Don Honda says:

      http://www.pottsmerc.com/opinion/20170903/dave-neese-cleaning-up-our-historical-act

      DAVE NEESE: Cleaning up our historical act

      “We must seize this opportunity to indulge ourselves in smug moral righteousness, in “virtue-signaling,” as it has come to be named. “

    3. Rob G. says:

      Glad everybody came to their senses. Great solution for everyone.

    4. K. Hohllenbach says:

      Where will the new monument to indigenous people be located?

    5. Wendy says:

      Molto grazie ,[spelled correctly ?], re leaving that statue chez Columbus Circle….What of the Teddy Roosevelt character in “Arsenic & Old Lace”; someone want to ban that role ? Harrumph. Maybe, a Dale Carnegie book has a lovely story @ T.R.. What of King Henry the Navigator, of Portugal? [Good-oh ?] Who saw the movie @ Christopher Columbus wherein Gerard Depardieu portrayed C.C. ? Ever read the poem @ ‘sail on”, ? p.s. A new restaurant , Port Salvo , in ‘duh” Bronx. ‘bye fer now.

    6. Leon says:

      Based on this logic and recent events any building with the word “Trump” on it needs to have an accompanying explanation. Because if he isn’t a symbol of hate, I don’t know what is.

      • Denaliboy says:

        Just simply wonderful comment-especially following his most recent racist comments on Haiti, Africa etc.

        • robert says:

          Actually Sen Durbin was the only person in the room to report “hearing” Trump make these comments and has since walked the linkage to Haiti back quite a bit. He was not referring to any particular race and/or country, just that many countries are sholes and we need to vet everyone, regardless of country of origin very carefully. I find it very interesting that other Dem Sen like Schumer, who has been attending these meetings as the senate minority lead has not said much on this. And by the way calling it “chain migration” is not racist it has nothing to do with non white immigrants. It is a gov term in use for decades to refer to someone that comes here from anywhere and is sponsored by a friend or family menber

          • Bruce Bernstein says:

            response to Robert, above:

            good lord, talk about “fact free”… you must be listening to Fox & Friends.

            Durbin was the only Dem Senator in the room. Lindsay Graham has confirmed the comments. Trump referred specifically to Haiti and Norway.

            but some people “gotta believe”…

      • jezbel says:

        Actually another building on Riverside is trying to get Trump’s name off their building. Here’s a link: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Trump-Branded-Condo-Tower-Sues-for-Right-to-Erase-His-Name-Lawsuit-Court-468889123.html

      • Ted says:

        Nothing going on here has anything to do with logic, unfortunately.

    7. Zeus says:

      The Columbus statue should be replaced
      with a larger one of mayor Bill di Blasio.
      The Theodore Roosevelt statue should be replaced by a much larger one of
      Anthony Weiner.
      Two politically correct giants of our time.