Remove Statue of James Marion Sims from Central Park
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Confederate statues are being removed from many sites in the south which may reinforce the undeserved perception of benevolence for regions north of the Mason-Dixon Line. New York has its own monument to the oppression of slavery; James Marion Sims. Although credited for being the “Father of Modern Gynecology,” he is responsible for the death and mutilation of countless black women and children. He is akin to a Nazi Medical doctor performing experiments on prisoners in war camps. Having this monument in an area that was once a settlement for black land owners known as Seneca Village adds insult to injury.
One of the most revealing and dangerous aspects of events this past year is the “Not Me” narrative. As other towns and universities reconcile with their contributions to our country’s tragic past, it time New York City joined the fold.
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