New York City’s council members are contemplating a series of significant changes. Among these proposals is the potential removal of monuments dedicated to prominent American figures like George Washington.
Additionally, the council plans to establish a reparations task force, as reported by Fox News.
This development aligns with former President Trump’s 2017 prediction that leftist groups would target monuments of America’s founding figures, a sentiment he expressed by referencing the removal of statues of figures such as Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
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The Cultural Affairs Committee of the city council is set to hold a public hearing on a proposal aimed at removing any city property featuring individuals who either owned slaves, directly benefited from slavery, participated in systemic crimes against indigenous peoples, or committed other crimes against humanity.
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This approach implies that statues of historical figures like Christopher Columbus and George Washington would potentially be removed from various locations across the city. In cases where the removal of artwork isn’t deemed necessary, the Public Design Commission (PDC) would be tasked with installing explanatory plaques next to these objects.
The initiative also urges the PDC to collaborate with the Department of Education to consider placing plaques near schools named after historical figures meeting the specified criteria.
Furthermore, the city council’s agenda for the day includes a proposal to establish a task force tasked with evaluating the historical impact of slavery and past injustices on African Americans in New York City. This task force will also explore potential reparations for these historical injustices.
Fox News reports that additional proposals include mandatory anti-racism training for human services contractors and city employees. There’s also a proposal to install a sign at the intersection of Wall and Pearl Streets, marking the site of New York’s first slave market.