In the heart of Wooster Square, New Haven’s historically Italian American neighborhood, the statue of Christopher Columbus has come down after more than 125 years—to the cheers of a crowd of mostly younger New Haven residents, and the laments of some older Italian Americans.
With the statues’ imminent removal expected Wednesday morning, a group of Italian American residents from New Haven and surrounding towns arrived at Wooster Square Park early Wednesday morning to protest the change.
Many who showed up were older residents who had grown up in the neighborhood, and said they felt this was an attack on their Italian American identity.
“I’m upset for the fact they’re taking down this statue of Christopher Columbus,” said Rose Monaco, who grew up in New Haven and often came to the park as a child. “Good, bad, or indifferent, this is part of my heritage; this is part of the history, and I feel as though they’re taking away all history.”
As the morning wore on, two new protesters arrived in the park, this time in support of the statue’s removal.
The scene grew tense as white pro-Columbus protesters confronted the counter-protesters, who were young people of color. Members of the pro-Columbus group confronted the new protesters with belligerent language, and a number of individuals from both groups exchanged profanities. A short scuffle ensued, though the incident was ultimately diffused as New Haven Police Department officers rushed over.
At one point you see the young Latino beat a senior citizen over the head and knock him to the ground.
Then the far-left activist runs and hides behind the police.
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Note to conservatives: If you have been casually dismissing leftist extremism, maybe now you will wake up. Can’t you hear the alarms blaring?
Too many on the right also mistakenly believe that this Democratic frenzy and leftist unrest is all based primarily on their contempt for President Donald Trump. He has made them crazy, and they’ll do anything to get rid of him. Then everything will return to normal. Yes, he makes them crazier, more desperate, and more unreasonable — mainly because he’s fighting them hammer and tongs — but he didn’t make them leftists, and leftists don’t need any prompting to unleash their hell on America. It stands for everything they hate.
With or without Trump, their goals remain the same. But without Trump, their chances of finally undoing America immeasurably increase.
We can’t afford to be discouraged. But that doesn’t mean we can afford to be blind to the gravity of the threats we face. Let’s wake up and rededicate ourselves to preventing the destruction of America. Don’t ever lose hope. My bet is the silent majority is bigger than ever and that we’ll see that in November. Stay in the fight like your children’s future depends on it — because it does.
Natalie Dagenhardt is an American conservative writer who writes for Right Journalism! Natalie has described herself as a polemicist who likes to “stir up the pot,” and does not “pretend to be impartial or balanced, as broadcasters do,” drawing criticism from the left, and sometimes from the right. As a passionate journalist, she works relentlessly to uncover the corruption happening in Washington. She is a “constitutional conservative”.