Christopher Columbus statue in NYC could be considered for removal

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The Christopher Columbus statue stands in the middle of Columbus Circle

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue but, in 2017, he may be deported from New York City.

"We have to look at everything here", said de Blasio during a debate on August 23.

He announced its creation after deadly violence erupted in Charlottesville, Va., when white supremacist groups clashed with protesters around the removal of a statue of Confederate Army Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The fact that his outlandish claims in a 1992 article on Columbus - published by Anarchist magazine - now pass for political discourse in the city is not worthy of NY.

"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.

Italian American lawmakers and civic leaders rallied Thursday in support of the Christopher Columbus statue that towers over Columbus Circle as New York City officials continue to weigh the removal of controversial statues and monuments.

"Christopher Columbus is a controversial figure for many of us, particularly those that come from the Caribbean", Mark-Viverito said, adding she will wait for the commission to weigh in. "We have to create a box where we gauge everyone and say what are the redemptive things that you've done, and do they outweigh some of the craziness that you have?" He discovered our land and generations of Italian-Americans helped build NY.

While he is one of the first Europeans to reach the Americas, critics of the explorer cite his cruel treatment of native peoples as well as his role in the slave trade.

Oh, and Christopher Columbus is not just a target in NY.

De Blasio is working to form a task force that will evaluate each memorial, and he hopes to create criteria for the erection of future statues.

As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer explained, the Great Kills National Park on Staten Island might not be as tony a neighborhood as Manhattan's Columbus Circle, but congressman Dan Donovan said it would make a great home for the statue of Christopher Columbus.

"Nobody's talking about the Native Americans".

"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.

Spurred by the events in Charlottesville, Baltimore's mayor ordered the quiet removal of the city's Confederate statues last week. "And I promise you on Election Day, we will remember who is attacking Italian Americans".

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