Petition calls for removal of Downtown Brooklyn Columbus statue, renaming park

Jun 14, 2020 980

BY: Kevin Duggan

An anonymous online group has launched a small petition to remove the statue of Christopher Columbus from outside the State Supreme Court Building in Downtown Brooklyn, and to rename the adjacent Columbus Park. 

The petition, which was started on June 10 by a group that calls itself simply “The People,” demands that the city turn to Native American communities for choosing the new name of the park and the statue’s replacement, lamenting the 15th-century explorer for his “ruthless conquest and settler colonialism.” 

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