Italian American group wants statues returned by Columbus Day, protected at taxpayer expense

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans paid a security firm to prepare plans to protect statues of Christopher Columbus removed from Grant and Arrigo parks two years ago amid protests. Recommendations include cameras, motion detectors and 24-hour guards.

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bagelman4000
bagelman4000
455 · 6 days ago · Reddit

There are so many other cooler Italians to make statues of

GiuseppeZangara
GiuseppeZangara
124 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Can't Italian Americans have a national hero that isn't a mass murderer? There are plenty.

mrsinatra777
mrsinatra777
104 · 6 days ago · Reddit

He was even considered a horrible scumbag by 15th century standards.

HutSutRawlson
HutSutRawlson
87 · 6 days ago · Reddit

When you find yourself agreeing with Silvio Dante, it’s time to consider reassessing your positions.

The3rdhalf
The3rdhalf
77 · 6 days ago · Reddit

I find it pretty laughable that anyone can expect the city to fund 24 guards for a couple of statues. I really hope this has no chance of passing

oldbkenobi
oldbkenobi
75 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Honestly at this point the City should just give them the statues and tell them to create their own little private shrine to Columbus somewhere.

Ex_Hedgehog
Ex_Hedgehog
56 · 6 days ago · Reddit

As a Puerto Rican, I say, find a better hero. I understand why he was a convenient symbol in past era, but now, in the 21st century now, find a non genocidal hero.

YouAreBadAndDumb
YouAreBadAndDumb
54 · 6 days ago · Reddit

why are they dying on this hill, of all people to defend

peep0s
peep0s
34 · 6 days ago · Reddit

It's like that episode of the sopranos only somehow sadder

Kjjra
Kjjra
23 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Maybe let's just not make statues of people. People suck. Columbus sucks more than most though

camdoodlebop
camdoodlebop
18 · 6 days ago · Reddit

why not do a statue of leonardo da vinci instead

YourFriendLoke
YourFriendLoke
18 · 6 days ago · Reddit

I guess people like this are the reason we still haven't renamed Balbo drive yet. For those who don't know, Balbo was a high ranking member of the Italian Fascist party and a close friend of Mussolini.

The-Fold-Up
The-Fold-Up
16 · 6 days ago · Reddit

speaking as an italian-american: these guys can suck my nuts lol

dreamWeaver82
dreamWeaver82
11 · 6 days ago · Reddit

We also still have a street named after balbo for some reason.

anxiolytictea
anxiolytictea
11 · 6 days ago · Reddit

I come from a large Italian-American family and no one cares about Columbus. We don’t view him as anything other than a murdering ass chooch. 🙄

OhNoItsAndrew95
OhNoItsAndrew95
9 · 6 days ago · Reddit

It's crazy to think that even back in the 16th century Columbus was tried for what we're essentially crimes against humanity for what he did in the new world

Just imagine how bad you had to be back then for them to say you went too far

BooJamas
BooJamas
6 · 6 days ago · Reddit

We should get rid of Balbo while we're at it.

Jonelololol
Jonelololol
6 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Why not put up statues of the first Italian families on Taylor? Or maybe Mr Dmato….

You know, Italians who contributed to the betterment of Chicago or something

cleon42
cleon42
6 · 6 days ago · Reddit

I propose a simple compromise: We keep one statue of Columbus for each time he visited Chicago.

JAlfredJR
JAlfredJR
6 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Dude who slaughtered in the name of Spain … makes sense

nevermind4790
nevermind4790
5 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Are Chicago Italians upset, or is this more of the suburbanites again like in 2020 when the statues were first removed?

learning_to_code_guy
learning_to_code_guy
5 · 6 days ago · Reddit

And I wanna fuck Angie Dickinson. See which happens first.

gepetto27
gepetto27
5 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Wasn’t Italy not a thing when Columbus sailed? Also didn’t his people refuse to fund him? Why on earth are modern Italian-Americans obsessed with this person?

ThatsNotRight123
ThatsNotRight123
5 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Walked by Ben Franklins statue the other day and someone had spray painted 'Slave Owner' on the plinth.