Philadelphia progressives want to remove Columbus statue; city staff observing Columbus Day holiday

The City of Philadelphia’s Art Commission voted to remove the statue of Columbus at Marconi Plaza.

Last month a city judge granted an emergency motion filed on behalf of Friends of Marconi Plaza that prohibits the City of Philadelphia from removing the statue of Columbus while the group continues to pursue legal action.

The problem with the Christopher Columbus statue? From Mayor Jim Kenney (in June):

“Like many communities across the country, Philadelphia is in the midst of a much-needed reckoning about the legacy of systemic racism and oppression in this country and around the world. Part of that reckoning requires reexamining what historical figures deserve to be commemorated in our public spaces. In recent weeks, clashes between individuals who support the statue of Christopher Columbus in Marconi Plaza and those who are distressed by its existence have deteriorated—creating a concerning public safety situation that cannot be allowed to continue. We must find a way forward that allows Philadelphians to celebrate their heritage and culture while respecting the histories and circumstances of others that come from different backgrounds.”

I guess Columbus isn’t good enough to be commemorated in public space. But he’s sure good enough for a paid day off:

HYPOCRITES.

DCG

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Jen
Jen
1 month ago

These people need to stop with the paid holidays if they don’t believe in what they represent. They aren’t patriots. Yes, they are hypocrites in every way.

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
1 month ago

I’ll take it one step further-I think those who wish to be butt-hurt for whatever reason and remove whatever statue hurts their feelers should PAY for the replacement of EVERY statue/monument removed or destroyed during this wave of idiocy. And it IS idiocy,destroying our HISTORY. How can we teach America’s youth WHY America is the greatest nation on Earth if they attempt to destroy all the proof? They won’t even allow instructors to teach our history in school anymore,for God’s sake! If these sanctimonious a$$hoes hate America THIS MUCH,why not just send them to some other Country that more closely… Read more »

Jen
Jen
1 month ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

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YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
1 month ago

“We must find a way forward” to the PHL City Council – How about; don’t look at it. Go around it. Write the newspaper about it. Erect your own frigging monuments. We should arrest, prosecute, and jail people for defacing it. Quit judging figures from history by today’s standards. And quit telling me who to look up to and who to respect and for what. I’m pretty sure there are people that you respect that I revile. I don’t try to make your life miserable, cancel you, disrespect you in public for it, or destroy private or public property. I… Read more »

CalGirl
CalGirl
1 month ago

WELL OF COURSE they do…..”Philadelphia Progressives” ….pretty descriptive noun and it’s adjective, is like saying, “RABID DOG”…or “Simpering Idiot”….or “Deadly Virus”….or (etc. etc), we know EXACTLY what comes next in the sentence……And, here in Mexifornia on the left coast, we don’t even turn a hair anymore for this sort of 500+ year-old retro White explorer hatred….we just quietly retired “Columbus Day” may years ago and renamed it “Cesar Chavez Day” which is a legal State Holiday. So now, instead of recognizing a man who, in his era, despite his errors and shortcomings and transgressions, set sail not knowing if he’d… Read more »

CogitoErgoSumantra
CogitoErgoSumantra
1 month ago

They’ve already taken down the statue of Columbus in Columbus, capital of OH. https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/07/01/885909530/columbus-ohio-takes-down-statue-of-christopher-columbus A second in front of the statehouse there has a reprieve for now… https://radio.wosu.org/post/christopher-columbus-statue-remain-ohio-statehouse-grounds-now#stream/0 They’re going to drop Columbus day in favor of Cinco de Mayo, which is a state-specific (TX) holiday, making it now a national holiday to celebrate the day Texas learned, late, of the slaves’ emancipation. Kind of like how they want to re-write history to say the USA (and thus “systemic racism”) began in 1619… Speaking of Texas (even if it’s only me), I’m watching my Longhorns play the OK Sooners football… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by CogitoErgoSumantra