Petition calls for Christopher Columbus statue to be replaced with Chef Boyardee
RealClearPolitics co-founder Tom Bevan weighs in on the upcoming presidential election, a petition to replace a statue of Christopher Columbus with Chef Boyardee and a petition to rename Columbus, Ohio, to ‘Flavortown’ in honor of celebrity chef Guy Fieri who was born there.
A new petition is demanding a statue of Christopher Colombus in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood be replaced with a statue of Chef Boyardee, the Italian chef mascot behind the canned goods company.
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The petition comes as protesters across the U.S. tear down statues of historical figures with ties to slavery or forms of brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death.
"In 1988, Clevelanders erected a statue to Christopher Columbus in Little Italy. Today it sits in front of Tony Brush Park, and it is the centerpiece of the annual Columbus Day Parade," the petition states. "It is allegedly a monument to a legendary Italian explorer and a symbol of Italian-American pride. Except it isn't. Columbus is not someone we should celebrate."