Today marks Columbus day, where we celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in America. We’ve been feasting this day since the late 18th century.
For apparent political reasons, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York chooses to make the statue of the discoverer in Columbus Circle a political instrument for re-election.
New Yorkers, however, are clearly telling him to back off.
During the 41st annual Bronx Columbus Day Parade in Morris Park, an event that notably did not invite the New York Mayor, more than a thousand people signed a petition to keep the iconic monument.
Carpenter Marco Rossi, 47 years old, had brought his sons to the parade. He immediately signed the petition and said: “That statue isn’t hurting nobody. It represents too many important things to be removed to make a few people happy. Especially as an Italian-American, I find it offensive.”
Mayor de Blasio has appointed an 18 member commission to help decide the fate of any monument in the New York area which could be deemed ‘oppressive’ or ‘inconsistent with the values of New York City.’
Local resident Ms. Kathy Ann Vignola, 62 years old, stated: “He can’t make the decision himself? It’s an easy decision: Leave the statue alone!”
Ms. Melanie Greco, 60 years old of Parkchester, works as a home care aide and said Mr. De Blasio would be making a big mistake was he to remove the statue: “If there is anything I can do to save the statue, even if it’s just signing a piece of paper, I’ll do it. Mayor de Blasio isn’t welcome here today. This is supposed to be a joyous day and his presence would just taint it. It would take away from all the good things.”
The New York mayor last joined the Bronx parade in 2015. Earlier this month organizer Mr. Tony Signorile said: “Why would I have a mayor who acts like Pontius Pilate. He washes his hands and puts up an 18-member committee to look at each statute. At this point, I think he is a fake Italian.”