Group demands removal of Christopher Columbus statue, renaming of park
Around 350 people have signed a petition on change.org calling for the removal of the Christopher Columbus monument.
The petition, first reported by the Brooklyn Paper, has been signed by a group that simply calls itself "The People.” The group says, "Columbus established the beachhead for ruthless conquest and settler colonialism and inaugurated the genocidal devastation of whole continents."
The group is also demanding that the city renames Columbus Park in Downtown Brooklyn.
According to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation website, the statue was carved by Emma Stebbins in the 1860s. It was found in a storage facility in Central Park in the 1930s and was then installed in Chinatown until the 1970s. Then, it was placed in Downtown Brooklyn in front of the New York State Supreme Court building.
The petition is calling for 500 signatures.
“The People” also demand that the city consults Native American communities before they make the decision on what to rename the park.