Despite having a U.S. federal holiday on the second Monday of every October, there’s widespread controversy over honoring Christopher Columbus as a hero.

The New Jersey city of Camden is in the process of removing its Christopher Columbus statue as “the time was right to do it with everything that is happening nationally.”

Vincent Basara, its spokesman, spoke to Fox News Friday after the city announced it will “establish a plan to reexamine these outdated symbols of racial division and injustices.”

“The statue has been controversial for years and the time was right to do it with everything that is happening nationally,” Basara told Fox News, referring to the ongoing demonstrations following the death of George Floyd.

The New Jersey city of Camden says its Christopher Columbus statue ‘has long pained the residents of the community.’ (Google Maps)

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS STATUES TORN DOWN, DRENCHED IN PAINT, DEFACED IN CITIES ACROSS THE US 

Basara said he couldn’t confirm or deny reports that pieces of the statue were seized by locals while city workers were dismantling it. He also said he isn’t sure when or if the statue would return to Farnham Park.

“At this point, it’s being put in storage, and that’s that,” Basara told Fox News.

While the statue is away from public viewing, the city says it will “work together as one community to establish a fair process that reevaluates these symbols in an orderly manner to ensure that resident voices are heard and acted upon.”

“Its presence has long pained the residents of the community,” a statement from the city read. “Previously, there have been requests to remove the statue as the community no longer supports the monument.”

 

Camden also has played an active role in police reform.

In 2012, it gutted its force after officials determined rampant corruption to be “unfixable.” A new force was quickly resurrected in the 73,000-person city.

Fox News’ Hollie McKay contributed to this report. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Trafficking warning in Asia as coronavirus pummels economies

Bangkok, Thailand – Before lockdowns, curfews, and safe distancing, Thodsapone Kitta would go door to door, visiting low-income families in Thailand’s northern Nan province, a poor, mountainous region home to hill tribes and rural farmers where people are vulnerable to…

EU to suspend some of Cambodia trade benefits over human rights

Original source: Al Jazeera Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Cambodia’s government is preparing for the European Union to partially and temporarily remove the country’s Everything But Arms (EBA) trade privileges on Wednesday, in the wake of a 2018 political crackdown. The…

France passes disputed law on online hate speech

Legislation that passed the National Assembly on Wednesday gives platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat a one-hour deadline to remove terrorism and pedophilia-related content after being instructed to do so by the authorities. If the companies fail…

As pandemic winter looms, leaders in Europe and Canada issue stark warnings

Brace yourselves. That’s the message coming from leaders in Europe, Britain and Canada as autumn arrives, bringing with it crisp air and predictions of a dark pandemic winter. Europe faces a “decisive moment.” Britain is at a “perilous turning point.”…