A Lengthy Island city says it is going to gladly welcome the most recent potential victims of New York Metropolis’s cancel tradition: statues of historic figures corresponding to George Washington and Christopher Columbus.
Brookhaven officers stated they already even have spots picked out for the statues — and can cowl the price of dismantling and transport them.
“You already know, I didn’t wish to touch upon whether or not that was proper or mistaken as a result of that’s a choice of town. However I stated, ‘When you’re going to do this, hey, we’ll take the statues,’ ” City Supervisor Edward Romaine instructed The Put up on Tuesday.
Referring to once-hallowed historic figures now thought-about controversial by alleged “woke” haters, Romaine stated, “We take a look at their accomplishments, what they did for his or her time and the way they contributed to the lengthy arc of historical past.
“And we might welcome having these statues.”
The city’s provide comes the day after The Put up reported that the Democratic-led New York Metropolis Council was advancing a proposal to yank from Massive Apple property any statues and different paintings that includes figures with controversial pasts. For instance, Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Peter Stuyvesant owned slaves, and Christopher Columbus has been accused of cruelly treating Native People.
Critics have branded the elimination effort as cancel tradition run amok.
In a letter to metropolis Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday, Romaine detailed how vital among the historic figures imply to the Brookhaven neighborhood, from Washington touring the city after the Revolutionary Struggle to Founding Father William Floyd calling the place dwelling.
“The Brookhaven City Board is aware of the significance of our historical past in bringing us to the place we’re at this time,” the letter says. “If we glance by way of our eyes at this time and attempt to choose them for what they did years in the past as some individuals might do they arrive away with a unique view. I take a look at their contribution to historical past general, I take a look at what they’ve achieved.”
Brookhaven has 20 to 25 parks, and Romaine stated displaying the statues there means they “may get the respect that they’re deserving.”
Romaine stated the city would additionally pay to move the statues to their new dwelling “as a result of we nonetheless perceive that historical past is a protracted arc.”
Throughout Tuesday’s public listening to earlier than town council’s Cultural Affairs Committee, the creator of the invoice, Brooklyn Councilwoman Sandy Nurse, insisted she is making an attempt to right historical past, not cancel it.
She stated she desires town’s Public Design Fee to contemplate eliminating statues from the general public sq. due to their controversial legacies with slavery or mistreating indigenous peoples. The PDC additionally may set up plaques subsequent to the statutes explaining the honoree’s misdeeds.
“It’s a reckoning with the historic injustices that proceed to hang-out our cities,” Nurse stated.
-Extra reporting by Carl Campanile