Remove the statue of Spanish Conquistador Juan de Oñate from the El Paso Airport

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Monuments like this one of Spanish Conquistador Juan de Oñate belong in a museum. They do not belong in a public space like El Paso Airport, which is frequented by the diverse citizens of El Paso and the many visitors to our great city.

Some view it as a celebration of the expeditions, and everything that Juan de Oñate brought to the southwest. Others view it as a celebration of a murderer, who massacred Native American men, women and children during the Acoma Massacre.

An airport, the El Paso International Airport in particular, is a beautiful space that should bring people together. It should reflect ideals and a spirit that unites us. Unfortunately, symbols of the Spanish Conquests are a painful reminder of a history that divides us.

Many cities and states around our country have begun to remove these symbols of division from their public spaces. Big things happen here. As citizens, we must make a big statement that El Paso is a 21st-century city that welcomes every individual, every business, with open arms.

It's long past time for Juan de Oñate and the horse he rode in on to make their exit from our fair city.



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