Even though they already have their hands full with the homeless and a booming immigration influx, New York City still has time to worry about what matters. For them, it’s quickly becoming the feelings of the left.
This week they have brought their focus back to statues across NYC. An act was introduced on September 19th that would “require the Public Design Commission (PDC) to publish a plan to remove works of art on City property that depict a person who owned enslaved persons or directly benefitted economically from slavery, or who participated in systemic crimes against indigenous peoples or other crimes against humanity.”
If passed, the PDC would have the option to leave the statue but would be forced to install plaques and signage with multiple allegations and claims of the past. Additionally, they want a “require the Commission on Racial Equity to establish a Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation process in connection with the City’s historic involvement in slavery” plus they would “require the Chief Equity Officer to create an anti-racism training for employees of human services contractors.”
This was something that was foretold of years ago. During a 2017 press conference, then-President Donald Trump said “This week, it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is George Washington next week, and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You really do have to ask yourself: ‘Where does it stop?’”
He asked the question then, and we didn’t listen. Now as they are starting to tire of their other arguments, they want to return to the statue discussion. What’s still shocking though, is nobody has seriously requested a Bernie, AOC, or Biden statue be erected. Then again, they are all still alive, so we have time.