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Cuomo defends New York City's Columbus statue

Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, waves as he marches with an entourage during the Columbus Day Parade, Monday Oct. 14, 2019, in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, waves as he marches with an entourage during the Columbus Day Parade, Monday Oct. 14, 2019, in New York. | Photo: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews.

WNYT Staff
Updated: October 14, 2019 07:19 PM
Created: October 14, 2019 04:43 PM

The annual Columbus Day Parade was held Monday in New York City.

Many communities have switched the name of the holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day. They say we can't ignore the violence and exploitation our native people suffered at the hands of European explorers.

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But Gov. Cuomo says he thinks it's important the Columbus statue in New York City stays up.

"The Christopher Columbus statue was erected at a time when the Italian-American community was being attacked," he said. "The Christopher Columbus statue was more about solidarity with the Italian-American community and respect for the Italian-American community and that's why the Italian-American community was so offended that they could take down the Christopher Columbus statue."

During the parade, the governor also reiterated his support of a Mother Cabrini statue. She founded a Catholic religious institute that supported Italian immigrants in the United States.


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