Italian-American Group Raps Chula Vista Removal of Columbus Statue

Jun 13, 2020 345

BY: Ken Stone

A day after Boston removed a Christopher Columbus statue — which vandals had beheaded — the city of Chula Vista took down its own 8-foot, 1,200-pound tribute to the Italian explorer. The bronze statue was removed from its pedestal at Discovery Park early Friday and placed in storage “out of public safety concerns,” city officials said without citing the East Coast incident.

But local Italian Americans are unhappy with the action — at least the treasurer of San Diego’s Sons of Italy chapter. “These are very sad times for the Italian American community!” said Grace Sardina, whose husband, Salvatore, is vice president of the 25-member group that is half female. (A North county chapter has about the same number, she said.)

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