Chicago reconsiders ‘offensive’ plan to rename Columbus Drive for Barack Obama after outraged Italian-Americans step in

Mar 30, 2024 1064

BY: Haley Brown

A Chicago politician is thinking twice about renaming Columbus Drive for Barack Obama after outraged Italian-Americans questioned why the former president should be honored “at the expense of one ethnic group.” The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans had blasted the proposed rebranding as “offensive” last week, with president Ron Onesti describing it as “insensitive and unvetted.”

Onesti had questioned “why must it be at the expense of one ethnic group, and why take such a noble effort and attach it to an action offensive to the over 500,000 Americans of Italian descent in and around Chicago,” according to The Hill. Ward 4 Chicago city councilmember Alderman Lamont Robinson is now considering alternatives, a spokesperson told The Post.

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SOURCE: https://nypost.com

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