Christopher Columbus statue Chicago: Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans calls on mayor to return statues

Christopher Columbus statue Chicago: Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans calls on mayor to return statues

Saturday, August 20, 2022 10:58PM

CHICAGO (TOC) — The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Individuals responding right this moment to the advice to completely take away the Christopher Columbus statues from Chicago.

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“We’re calling out, as soon as once more, for the mayor to satisfy with us to debate the protected return of the statues,” stated Ron Onesti, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Individuals. “We count on her to honor her phrases and stick with her place concerning not erasing historical past.”

The statues had been eliminated in July 2020, following protests grew out of the nationwide outcry and protests over the homicide of George Floyd and deadly police capturing of Breonna Taylor.

The Grant Park statue was the main target of a protest that was a violent conflict between Chicago police and protesters after protesters tried to tear it down.

WATCH: Crews take away Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park

The Monument Fee’s report stated “the picture of Columbus has grow to be a bitter reminder of centuries of exploitation, conquest and genocide.” The Committee additionally beneficial completely eradicating or altering 41 Chicago monuments.

These suggestions now go to the mayor who can implement or ignore them.

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