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Columbus Circle Monument in NY Could Be in Line for Removal

Columbus Circle Monument in NY Could Be in Line for Removal
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By    |   Tuesday, 22 August 2017 11:41 AM

The Columbus Circle monument, which honors explorer Christopher Columbus, could go under review for possible removal, according to The New York Post.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said she would encourage a panel to consider removing the 76-foot structure in honor of Columbus.

"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," Mark-Viverito said, the Post reported.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has marched in the Columbus Day parade, but has said the celebration is now about Italian heritage, not Columbus himself.

On Aug. 16, de Blasio announced the review panel as a 90-day task force.

The mayor said the group would come up with a "universal standard" for the city to honor people in the future, the Post reported.

"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," de Blasio said.

Another Columbus monument sustained damage in Baltimore Sunday night, when vandals videotaped someone hitting the monument with a hammer.

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