The statue of Thomas Jefferson that has been in the New York City Hall for 187 years (it was a gift of Jewish naval officer Uriah Phillips Levy, a fan of Jefferson's views on religious liberty, in 1834) was removed recently.
It was removed at the request of Black, Latino and Asian Caucus cochair I. Daneek Miller (D-Queens), the lone practicing Muslim on New York City Council, who said he wanted the statue gone because "it doesn’t represent contemporary values."
This is Mr. Miller:
While Mr. Miller's motives are obvious, in that "contemporary values" means hatred of white people, America, and its history, the actual decision to remove the statue was made by New York's unelected Public Design Commission:
Keri Butler, executive director of the Public Design Commission that voted to banish the statue, at first tried to block the press from witnessing its removal. Butler relented after members of the mayor’s office and City Council intervened.
The commission also attempted to vote on the statue’s removal without a public hearing on the controversial move until The Post revealed the plan.
[Thomas Jefferson statue removed from City Hall after 187 years, by Julia Marsh, NY Post, November 23, 2021]
Who are the Commissioners? Well, they are eight women and only three men. Most of their ancestors were not in America when Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. The Commissioners include two Hispanics, one black guy, and a very large number of Jews. And there's not one white Anglo-Saxon Protestant male.
Here are more details from the official list of Commissioners and Staff of the Public Design Commission.
Signe Nielsen, President, Landscape Architect
Philip E. Aarons, Vice President, Lay Member
Kenseth Armstead, Painter
Laurie Hawkinson, Architect
Karen Kiehl, Brooklyn Museum
Deborah Marton, Lay Member
Manuel Miranda, Lay Member
Susan Morgenthau, The New York Public Library
[No picture available]. Mrs. Morgenthau is actually
an Old Stock American who married into the Morgenthau
Ethel Sheffer, Mayor's Representative
Dr. Merryl H. Tisch, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Mary Valverde, Sculptor
Three of the committeepersons might have had ancestors in America at the time of the American Revolution: Laurie Hawkinson, Susan Morgenthau (born Susan Bryce Moore in Charleston, W. VA) and of course the black guy, Kenseth Armstead, who we can say with some confidence is not a descendant of Thomas Jefferson, the rumors about Jefferson having black descendants having been thoroughly discredited.
This is an example of the Great Replacement in action. The Commission has been in business since 1898, and you can see list of the Former People who used to sit on it. Here's a sample, in alphabetical order.
Very different, and that's what's being replaced: people whose ancestors created New York, which was already there when immigrant ships started arriving.
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