Survey Seeks New Yorkers' Thoughts On Controversial Statues

Oct 26, 2017 1076

BY: Noah Manskar

Should they stay or should they go? Starting Wednesday, the public can help decide the fate of controversial statues that a city commission is considering tearing down. Mayor Bill de Blasio's Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers launched an online survey Wednesday morning asking New Yorkers for their thoughts on how to handle specific statues and the broader role of such monuments in public spaces. The survey is open until Nov. 26.

Survey responses will figure into the commission's 90-day review of a handful of landmarks considered symbols of oppression. De Blasio impaneled the commission last month following violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the planned removal of Confederate monuments, which anti-racist activists view as odes to human slavery.

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