Many Americans are calling for statues and buildings that highlight some historical figures with a not so shining past to be renamed or removed. Cuomo my not believe that Columbus should be on that list.

At a time where many statues and historical monuments are coming in to question because of their violent or oppressive past, Governor Cuomo doesn't seem to be changing his opinion about dismantling the statue of Christopher Columbus in New York City.

When we were young we all learned about the lighter side of Christopher Columbus' accomplishments. We learned how he sailed the ocean blue in 1492 in the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria but as we get older it becomes a little more obvious that he was accused of committing some horrible atrocities. If you're not aware of them, VOX complied a list of crimes that Christopher Columbus participated in including rape, mass murder and human trafficking against indigenous people..

According to the New York Daily News, a similar Columbus statue was removed in Minnesota and the Albany Mayor recently announced that she was ordering the removal of a statue of one of the largest slave owners in Albany, Philip Schuyler.

Recent events have rekindled controversy about Columbus in New York City.

Cuomo defends the Columbus statue claiming it represents solidarity among the Italian-American Community.

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