Columbus statue shouldn’t necessarily come down, AOC says

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t enthused at the idea of taking down statues of Christopher Columbus, saying the fight over historical monuments is better fought by erecting new ones.

It’s important to ask, “‘Why is there a statue of Christopher Columbus and not just one?’ Or, ‘Why don’t we honor the Lenape people of whom New York City originally belonged in the same or even similar proportion?’” the first-term New York Democrat told the Washington Examiner on Monday.

A statue of Columbus stands in New York City’s midtown Columbus Circle. It is currently under review as to whether it will be removed following a decision by a commission headed up by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray.

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