A group of demonstrators calling for removal of the last Christoper Columbus statue in the Bronx was met Saturday by a crowd of angry counterprotesters, who shouted threats and chanted racist slogans.
Felix Cepeda, whose petition has gained national interest, said the statue in the borough’s Belmont neighborhood should be hauled away by the city amid a national reckoning with anti-Black racism.
Billy Rosario, 39, of the Bronx, is charged with aggravated harassment in Friday’s incident aboard a northbound No. 5 train shortly after 8 a.m, according to the NYPD.
The operator of this Bronx Zoo apologized this week for acts “unconscionable racial intolerance” the zoo demonstrated when it exhibited an African man as an exotic animal and promoted the long-debunked study of racial science known as eugenics.
Bronx elected officials Monday denounced the nooses discovered in Van Cortlandt Park last week, calling on law enforcement to “thoroughly” investigate the incident and treat it “with the seriousness that it demands.”
Two Bronx man said they discovered nooses hanging in trees in Van Cortlandt Park Thursday night, hours before the official commemoration of Juneteenth, authorities said.
The attack happened on a city bus about 3 p.m. Saturday near West 166th Street, where the trio of 15-year olds yelled anti-Asian slurs at the 51-year-old victim, blaming her for the spread of COVID-19 as one of the girls struck her in her head with an umbrella, according to the NYPD.
Worshipers at the Bangla Bazar Jame Masjid mosque on Odell Street had just finished morning prayers Tuesday when, surveillance footage shows, a man used a lighter to set trash on fire inside a garbage can outside the mosque, police said.