Bill de Blasio, the Democratic mayor of New York City, is getting ready to dismantle a statue that has stood in City Hall for almost two hundred years. The New York City mayor is planning to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, from the grand hall in the famous city.
Here is how the mayor is making this move…The New York City’s Public Design Commission, a body of people who have each been appointed by the mayor, is planning to loan the Jefferson statue to the New York Historical Society. The commission has listed the loan of the statue under its “consent” agenda. This procedure means that the decision to remove the statue will not be open for public debate, according to The New York Post.
Joe Borelli, a Republican Councilman, told The New York Post that the de Blasio administration would continue a progressive war on history even while the mayor himself will be honored with a portrait on the City Hall wall. Borelli added that he hoped de Blasio is gone a hundred years before someone “cancels” him.”
This move by the mayor comes after Democrats and progressives who sit on New York’s city council have been trying to get the statue removed for over a year. Debi Rose, a Democratic Councilwoman, said a year ago that Jefferson’s ownership of slaves justifies his bust’s removal from City Hall.
“His words are ‘all men are created equal’ but they were not matched by his action, which included the ability to sell, buy, mortgage and lease human beings,” Rose said in June 2020. She made these comments just weeks after the court-adjudicated murder of George Floyd. The country was experiencing protests and riots across the land and people were talking about systemic racism. There were many calls to “defund the police.”
In the midst of the fury, Rose signed a petition along with four other council members for de Blasio to remove Jefferson’s statue from City Hall.
Rose made this statement concerning Thomas Jefferson, the author of The Declaration of Independence, “He believed black people to be racially inferior, said black Americans and white Americans could not live peacefully side by side and he fathered as many as six children with a woman he enslaved.”
She added that she believed the New York City Council should not ignore or glorify this dark side of American history.
While Jefferson is being removed from New York City, George Floyd was being memorialized in a bust that was unveiled in Brooklyn in June.
Last week, the Floyd statue was defaced with paint. The Daily Wire reported that the statue featuring a bronze bust of George Floyd was defaced on Sunday morning with a gray, water-based paint.
This was also a focus story on CNN. They reported that the statue was part of Confront Art’s “SEEINJUSTICE” exhibition. This exhibition featured two other statues, all of which were opened to the public last Friday evening.
According to the NYC police department, the Floyd statue was defaced with paint around 10 a.m. Sunday morning.
Frances Sammon told CNN that there was video footage that the police were able to obtain. Sammon said, “They show a male ducking down under one of the statues. He then mixes something together, and, as he skates away, he throws a container of paint at the statue.”
George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody in May 2020. His death came after being arrested for allegedly passing fake currency at a convenience store. Before that incident, Floyd was arrested nine previous times, largely on drug and theft charges. In one instance, Floyd held a woman at gunpoint while his accomplices robbed her home.