The media often operates as a spin machine. This is one of those times.
A racist movement decided to go after statues of the explorer who discovered America. And everyone has signed off on their historical vandalism and cultural revolution.
Here’s the closing scene from Baltimore’s Little Italy.
The City of Baltimore is officially returning the toppled Christopher Columbus statue to its original owners… The Christopher Columbus statue was gifted to the City of Baltimore in 1984 by Italian American Organization United.
On the City Board of Estimates agenda for Wednesday, it writes that the city “wishes to protect and preserve the statue for its artistic and historical significance, but recognizes that this public display on city property may not best serve those ends.”
Maybe in a basement somewhere.
Members of Baltimore’s Italian community retrieved portions of it from the water with hopes of restoring the statue.
John Pica is a former Maryland State Senator and the President of Italian American Organization United.
“We have received a lot of donations and contributions from people inside Maryland and outside Maryland, from individuals whose emotions range from concerned to being outraged at what happened,” Pica said…
“We are not going to bring the statue back to the Columbus Piazza in Little Italy. It’ll be located or relocated at a safe location,” Pica said.
Pica said moving forward, the group is working with its local councilman to possibly rename this plaza and to display a different Italian figure on the existing pedestal.
So what were those contributions going to if they’re going along with purging Columbus?
But it’s not clear that’s even happening.
The Baltimore Board of Estimates has deferred the vote on returning the toppled Columbus statue to Italian American United Organization that had donated it for 2 weeks.
The deferral request came from Mayor Jack Young, who indicted he was going to vote no.
Young, who is a lame duck mayor, spoke out strongly against the destruction at the time.
Those who recently toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus and rolled it into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will face justice, the city’s mayor said Thursday.
Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said Thursday he was not going to tolerate the destruction of the Christopher Columbus statue, warning those who toppled the monument near Little Italy that “if we identify them, they will be brought to justice.”
Adding that while the city supports peaceful protest, the incident was not a peaceful protest, The Baltimore Sun reported.
The mayor, who lost last month’s Democratic primary and will leave office in December, said the protesters cannot “erase history. You learn from it.” Monuments, such as ones to the 15th-century Italian explorer, “should have something there to talk about what happened in the dark past.”
What does Young want to do? Unclear.
Either way the surrender appears to be pretty thoroughly complete.
“We don’t want to cause trouble,” Pica said. “We’re going to relocate it to private property or donate it to a museum.”
Just call it, “good trouble”.