The First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, decided to do something about the fact that there are very few statues of women in the city. She asked New Yorkers to nominate females that were worthy of having a statue in New York. The most nominated woman was Mother Frances Cabrini. Cabrini is a Catholic saint. She came to New York in the 1800s and set up missions for Italian immigrants. Italian Americans have had a huge impact on the city and Mother Cabrini played an important role in assisting this immigrant community.
When finally selecting seven statue-worthy women, McCray left Cabrini off her list. Many in the Italian American community felt slighted. Actor Chazz Palminteri went so far as calling McCray a racist for snubbing the Italian woman. Now McCray is married to Bill de Blasio, so maybe she hasn’t had a great example of Italian Americans. Still, is the mother of two half Italian kids really racists against Italians? Let’s take a look at who did make the cut:
Shirley Chisholm – First black woman elected to Congress
Elizabeth Jennings Graham – An 1850s version of Rosa Parks, she helped to desegregate the horse-drawn streetcars in NY.
Billie Holiday – Jazz legend
Katherine Walker – Keeper of the Robbins Reef Lighthouse (which is just a tiny island in the harbor) for 30 years. Helped to guide ships in and out of one of the busiest harbors.
So far, so good. When we get to the last three, I can see why a Catholic nun might not have made the cut.
Helen Rodriguez Trias – Abortion rights advocate
Marsha P. Johnson – A drag queen/prostitute, he played a role in the Stonewall uprising. A sad life that involved multiple stints in both jail and mental health facilities.
Sylvia Rivera – A gay rights advocate who co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. He described himself as a drag queen, a gay girl, and a gay man. For the purpose of statues, however, she is called a woman.
The final three are an abortion advocate and two gay men. The fact that two of the seven women are men is something that male chauvinists can take pride in. This, however, shows why a Catholic nun was not included. Not because of her race, as Palminteri suggests, but because of her religion. What was promoted as a celebration of women instead became more Leftist nonsense, and no one should really be surprised.Published in