City lawmakers reignite debate over removal of controversial statues

City politicians are once again debating the removal of statues depicting people who partook in crimes against humanity.

They include the statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle. Until recent years, Columbus was widely known as the man who discovered the new world.

“By contextualizing or mandating the removal of works of art depicting individuals who profited from the slavery of Black people or committed heinous acts against Indigenous peoples, we challenge the celebration of those who have perpetuated oppression,” City Councilmember Sandy Nurse said Tuesday.

During a City Council hearing of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations, Nurse outlined a bill she’s sponsoring that would

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