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New York to Add Asterisks* to Its Christopher Columbus Statue

The city debated removing the explorer's statue, but they will instead list his alleged mistreatment of indigenous peoples.

By NTK Staff | 01.12.2018 @3:25pm
New York to Add Asterisks* to Its Christopher Columbus Statue

New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that the city would keep its statue of legendary explorer Christopher Columbus, under one condition. The statue will now be accompanied by “historical markers” that note atrocities Columbus committed against natives of the Americas, according to Bloomberg.

The city explored the possibility of tearing down the statue, but opted to keep it in its prominent spot in Columbus Circle:

The decision announced Friday by Mayor Bill de Blasio came after a commission conducted four months of public hearings into a citywide review of statues, spurred by actions in the south last year to tear down monuments to General Robert E. Lee and other Civil War rebels who fought to uphold slavery. The movement led cities and institutions nationally to review buildings and monuments honoring historic figures now documented to be racist.

Bloomberg reported, however, that New York would add notices “describing massacres and other hostile acts against the indigenous Caribbean islanders he encountered on his voyages.”

The Columbus statue has required around-the-clock protection by the New York Police Department in recent months, as vandals attempt to destroy the monument to the explorer who discovered the Americas. A vandal beheaded one less-prominent Columbus statue in New York in August.

Other cities have not been so kind to the memory of the Italian, with Los Angeles hiding its statue in celebration of “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”

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