Statues of US Presidents at risk of being REMOVED under plans from woke New York City council

George Washington statue in Union Square Park

George Washington statue in Union Square Park

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Oliver Trapnell

By Oliver Trapnell

Published: 19/09/2023

- 19:37

Critics were quick to brand the decision as a form of cancel culture

Woke New York City plans could lead to statues of famous US historical figures, including former presidents, being removed from public view.

Monuments honouring figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Peter Stuyvesant and Christopher Columbus are all in danger of being torn down.

Plans put forward by New York City City Council have proposed cancelling the historical figures because of their connection to slavery.

The plans put forward by the Public Design Commission and enforced by the Cultural Affairs Committee would remove any art works on New York City property which “depict a person who owned enslaved persons or directly benefited economically from slavery, or who participated in systemic crimes against indigenous peoples or other crimes against humanity.”


Further, an “explanatory plaque” would be required to be installed should the commission not receive the votes needed to remove the artwork.

“This bill would also require the Department of Transportation to consult with the Department of Education to install plaques on sidewalks or other public space adjacent to schools that are named after a person that fits the criteria,” Brooklyn Council Sany Nurse said.

However, the plans have been attacked from within the city council with Joann Ariola slamming the move as an attempt to “rewrite history”.

“This is little more than an attempt by the radical left to rewrite our nation’s history,” said Ariola.

Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Circle

Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Circle

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“These men all had an enormous impact on this country, and these statues commemorating their achievements have been in place for decades.

“The radical left has been trying to reframe our nation as one born from evil, and it is time we put our foot down and say enough is enough.

“The Founding Fathers and the others who worked so hard to establish this great country should be celebrated, not eliminated from memory.”

The plans come after the city council published their upcoming budget, which came under fire due to a serious number of cuts caused by the city’s ongoing migrant crisis.

Eric AdamsNew York City has received more than 110,000 migrants in the past yearReuters

Others were quick to brand the plans as a form of cancel culture.

“Columbus was a migrant!” President of the Columbus Heritage Coalition Angelo Vivolo said.

Vivolo vowed to fight any attempt to remove statues dedicated to the explorer.

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