New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is said to ban a statue of Thomas Jefferson, one of the country’s founding fathers, from the council chambers of the City Council.
According to a New York Post report, the city’s Public Design Committee, which is made up of members appointed by De Blasio, has included a “long-term loan” for Jefferson’s statue in its “approval” agenda for Monday.
You will not have the privilege of public discussion, and the design committee will vote to remove it after reviewing the public comments.
City Council members demanded that a statue of President Jefferson – author of the Declaration of Independence – be removed from City Hall in June.
The Post has learned that the mayor, who has only three months left in office, is quietly removing a statue of Thomas Jefferson from town hall rooms – where he has resided for the past 187 years. https://t.co/PMM6teKOz6
– BJLoVerde (@BJLoVerde) October 14, 2021
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Thomas Jefferson statue removed from New York City Hall
The possible vote to remove the Thomas Jefferson statue from City Hall comes just months after City Council Democrats called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to take action.
In a letter to the mayor, council members wrote: “The statue of Thomas Jefferson in the city council chambers is inappropriate and serves as a constant reminder of the injustice that has plagued communities of color since the beginning of our country.”
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It must be removed.
De Blasio, a keenly-awake, once joking about “time for people of color,” couldn’t have jumped at their command any faster if he tried.
City councilors have described the Jefferson statue as one of the “disturbing images of division and racism in our city”.
Councilman A.D. Danic Miller (DeQueens) said he expects the Thomas Jefferson statue to disappear next week.
A spokesperson for de Blasio told the New York Post that the statue will be used elsewhere, included in “educational exhibitions” and surrounded by “valuable historical context.”
187 years old, but the statue of the author of the Declaration of Independence has only magically turned New York City into a rioting wasteland with soaring murder rates over the past eight years. https://t.co/hysY9q2vIF
– Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) October 13, 2021
RELATED: Statue of President Teddy Roosevelt to be removed from the Natural History Museum
Clear history under the bank
Not everyone likes the idea of wiping Thomas Jefferson and his statue out of New York City Hall.
“Someone must explain to me a civilization that banned or destroyed art that was considered liberal and progressive,” Councilman Joe Borrelli (Staten Island) said during the summer controversy.
“Problems? Communists? Jacobins? Henry VIII? Who told me?”
Eric André Mimi is a little closer to craftsmanship than usual. pic.twitter.com/YM9ia8PotG
– Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) October 13, 2021
The reports of the Thomas Jefferson bust come just months after the American Museum of Natural History announced the removal of an iconic statue of President Teddy Roosevelt.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the removal of Roosevelt’s statue last year, claiming it “frankly portrays blacks and indigenous people as subservient and less racially.”
Roosevelt is a man of such historical importance that he is memorialized on Mount Rushmore with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln – widely considered some of America’s most revered presidents.
A woman confronts protesters at a rally in defense of the Teddy Roosevelt statue in New York City:
“You are a homegrown terrorist group and we will make sure you fall and fall so hard, you won’t know what hit you.”
– DailyCaller June 28, 2020
Former President Donald Trump warned four years ago that the radical left would not be content with demolishing statues of Confederate figures — and that statues of Washington and Jefferson would collapse if we continued down this path.
“George Washington was a slave owner… Are we going to take down statues of George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson?” Trump asked at the time.
Some laughed at the idea. Others knew it was only a matter of time. The others were right.
#broke down: President Trump signs an executive order on antiquities: “Now they’re looking at Jesus Christ. They’re looking at George Washington. They’re looking at Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson. It’s not going to happen and it won’t happen. Not as long as you’re here.” pic.twitter.com/zIqUTUj3tD
– thehill June 24, 2020
While Roosevelt and Jefferson are no longer accepted, golden busts of George Floyd, John Lewis and Breonna Taylor were on display in New York City just two weeks ago.
Floyd spent many of his adult years in and out of prison. Jefferson was the founding father of this nation. Roosevelt joins him on top of Mount Rushmore.
Bill de Blasio, well… Bill de Blasio.
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