Over the last year, many of our country’s monuments and landmarks have come under fire. Some liberals and progressives have a problem with memorials of certain American historical figures.
This includes the now-controversial Christopher Columbus. Statues of the explorer were defaced and removed all across the country in 2020, much to the chagrin of some citizens.
It almost happened again in a Connecticut town, too. But the mayor wasn’t on board.
In New Britain, Connecticut, Republicans sided with Democrats to remove a statue of Columbus in the city. By a 10-4 vote, the politicians decided the memorial just had to go.
But Mayor Erin Stewart didn’t agree with the decision, and has now put the brakes on the move.
Now, the efforts to take Columbus down have hit a roadblock and Stewart isn’t going to remove it until she gets some answers.
Via The Daily Caller:
The mayor of New Britain, Connecticut, vetoed Thursday the town’s common council decision to remove a Christopher Columbus statue, reported the Hartford Courant.
Stewart called out “cancel culture” and believes that taking down the statue would “set a bad precedent.”
She isn’t the only politician to have these concerns, either. Many have stood against the removal of American history icons in the country, and they also cite cancel culture as being a major issue.
As Stewart wrote:
Where does it end?
Are we going to examine the battlefield tactics of generals Kosciuszko or Pulaski to ensure they adhered to the social mores of today?
According to NPR, Italian-American groups across several states erected Columbus statues. They wanted to honor their ancestor, and provide a way for Italian immigrants to be more welcome in American society.
That seems like a perfectly plausible – and largely inoffensive – reason for the monuments.
But that hasn’t stopped liberal politicians and activists in Connecticut. Columbus statues in New Haven, Hartford, Middletown, and New London have already been removed.
It won’t happen in New Britain, however, thanks to Mayor Stewart.
She did say she would reconsider her veto if the council could answer a few questions: for instance, how will they pay to remove the statue, and what will they replace it with?
And as this battle wears on, more people will wonder if this erasing of America’s past really does set a bad precedent.
- The New Britain, CT city council voted to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus.
- But Mayor Erin Stewart vetoed the move, citing “cancel culture” as the reason for her decision.
- She believes it would set a bad precedent, and wants to know what the council plans to replace the Columbus statue with.
Source: The Daily Caller