Right on the heels of his revealing declaration that if he had his 'druthers, he would like to eliminate private property, New York City's Mayor de Blasio announced on Friday the formation of a commission to recommend the removal of statues of controversial historical figures.
The New York Post reports that the city's Communist mayor named Ford Foundation President Darren Walker and Department of Cultural Affairs commissioner Tom Finkelpearl as co-chairs of the diverse panel, which is made up of 18 artists, historians and other professionals.
The group includes an anthropologist of the Native American Mohawk people, a historian of Chinese-American people in New York, the director of a gay and lesbian art museum, and former entertainer and fellow Communist Harry Belafonte.
“Over the next 90 days, the commission will develop guidelines on how the City should address monuments seen as oppressive and inconsistent with the values of New York City,” read a press release from the mayor’s office.
From The Post:
While the mayor has said the commission would take any and all recommendations from the public on which monuments on city property should be removed — or put in historical context through plaques or other means — he said on Friday the review would be limited to “a select few monuments and markers that have prompted understandably passionate public discourse.”
City Hall said the commission would make its recommendations public by year’s end, at which point the mayor will release a final decision on what actions the city is taking.
I wonder if there is anyone on the commission who is actually opposed to the idea of removing unfashionable historical monuments and could serve as a balancing, dissenting voice -- or would that be too much diversity?