New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is reportedly banishing a statue of Thomas Jefferson, one of the nation’s Founding Fathers, from council chambers in City Hall.
According to a New York Post report, the city’s Public Design Commission, which consists of members appointed by De Blasio, have listed “the long term loan” of the Jefferson statue on its “consent” agenda for Monday.
It will not get the privilege of public debate, and the design commission will vote on it’s removal after reviewing public comments.
Members of the city council demanded that the statue of President Jefferson – author of the Declaration of Independence – be removed from City Hall back in June.
The likely vote to remove the statue of Thomas Jefferson from City Hall comes just months after Democrats on the city council demanded Mayor Bill de Blasio take action.
“The statue of Thomas Jefferson in the City Council Chambers is inappropriate and serves as a constant reminder of the injustices that have plagued communities of color since the inception of our country,” Council members wrote in a letter to the mayor.
“It must be removed.”
City council members described Jefferson’s statue as one of several “disturbing images of divisiveness and racism in our City.”
Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-Queens) said he expects the statue of Thomas Jefferson to be gone by next week.
A spokesperson for De Blasio told the New York Post that the statue would be used elsewhere, included in “educational exhibits” and surrounded by “valuable historical context.”
Not everybody is enamored with the idea of erasing Thomas Jefferson and his statue from New York’s City Hall.
“Someone should explain to me which civilization that banned or destroyed art has ever been considered liberal and progressive,” Councilman Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) said during debate over the summer.
“ISIS? The Communists? The Jacobins? Henry VIII? Who, tell me.”
Reports of the Thomas Jefferson statue being banished come just months after the American Museum of Natural History announced an iconic statue of President Teddy Roosevelt was being removed.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pushed for the removal of Roosevelt’s statue last year claiming it “explicitly depicts black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior.”
Roosevelt is a man of such historic 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.
Former President Donald Trump warned four years ago that the radical left would never be content tearing down statues of Confederate figures – and that statues of Washington and Jefferson would be coming down if we continue to go down this path.
“George Washington was a slave owner… Are we gonna take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson?” Trump asked at the time.
Some scoffed at the notion. Others knew it was just a matter of time. The others were right.
While Roosevelt and Jefferson are no longer accepted, golden busts of George Floyd, John Lewis, and Breonna Taylor were displayed in New York City just two weeks ago.
Floyd spent many of his adult years in and out of prison. Jefferson was a Founding Father of this nation. Roosevelt joins him atop Mount Rushmore.
Bill de Blasio is, well … Bill de Blasio.
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