Deep pain inflicted on Italian-American community by San Francisco's statue removal

Jun 19, 2020 1839

BY: Coalition of Italian American Organizations (CIAO) Bay Area

The Bay Area Italian-American community is disappointed by the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue, which has served as a symbol of pride for our contributions to San Francisco and the nation. In fact, the Columbus statue was erected in part to address the fierce prejudice and widespread discrimination Italian-Americans faced in America in the early 20th century. 

It was created as a symbol of inclusion and to affirm the United States as a nation of immigrants. Some, like Mayor Lori Lightfoot in Chicago, are choosing to speak out for a better path—one that is more consistent with the objective of having a truly liberal, respectful and inclusive society.  One that is respectful and inclusive of all cultures including Italian-American culture.  

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