Brooklyn pol calls for removal of NYC's Christopher Columbus statues

Councilman Joe Borelli, a Staten Island Republican who organized the rally and a longtime supporter of President Donald Trump, said talk of removing the statue "validated what President Trump said".

After the events in Charlottesville, a number of cities across the us have removed or are considering removing monuments to figures in the Confederacy.

Columbus is a figure with a complicated history - while he is often celebrated in history books for having "discovered" the Americas.

"Your honor with all due respect, I think you are misinformed. you should not include the statue of Christopher Columbus in your study going forward", he said.

New York City, Buffalo, San Jose, San Francisco, Detroit and several other cities have all recently been pressured or are considering removing statues of Christopher Columbus, as well as Confederate-era and other controversial figures, from their cityscape.

His consideration follows a rally held by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and other elected Democrats calling for the removal of a statue of 19th Century doctor J. Marion Sims from Central Park.

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"Meet-up at the Columbus Statue at Columbus Circle for a Ceremony to the Ancestors and their descendants affected by Columbus and the [Doctrine] of Discovery", the event page read.

Those against the controversial monuments have also widened their focus.

There is also a park named after the Italian explorer in Lower Manhattan boarded by Bayard, Mulberry, Baxter and Worth streets.

"It took me probably five years or more to get a small plaque put on Wall Street to talk about the open-air market that was there to sell slaves", he said.

Not everyone, however, is in support of the removal of Columbus' monuments.

Mark-Vivirito told the New York Post that "There obviously has been ongoing dialogue and debate in the Caribbean, particularly in Puerto Rico where I'm from, that there should be no monument or statue of Christopher Columbus, based on what he signifies to the native population".

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"Obviously this is an issue that would have a lot of emotion", Mark-Viverito said.

Williams, however, had a response for any Italian-Americans that may feel slighted by the removal of the statues of Columbus. He's flawed, we're all flawed - hey, I'm flawed.

"Christopher Columbus is a permanent fixture of our national history", Donovan said.

A spokesman for the mayor said he would have no comment on moving the Columbus statue to Great Kills because, "we are nowhere near that point in the process".

"If a radical group bent on sanitizing history doesn't want the statue at Columbus Circle anymore, Staten Island will gladly accept it".

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