NYC Mayor's Wife Blocks Statue of Christian Saint to Honor Drag Queens Instead
Chirlane McCray rejects New Yorkers' wishes for monument to honor Mother Cabrini
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's wife Chirlane McCray has rejected public calls to build a statue honoring a Christian saint and will, instead, build a monument paying tribute to drag queens.
New Yorkers were asked to take part in a public vote on who to honor with a statue celebrating women who built NYC.
The initiative is part of a program called “She Built NYC” which was launched by McCray last summer.
The people of New York voted overwhelmingly to build a statute honoring Italian-American Catholic saint Frances Xavier Cabrini MSC, also called Mother Cabrini.
Despite the decision being put to a public vote, on who they want the city to recognize with a statue, and New Yorkers giving Mother Cabrini more votes than any other woman (219), McCray’s panel rejected the people’s choice.
Without explanation, McCray decided on a group of people that were nowhere near the top choices picked by New Yorkers.
Those chosen to be honored as women who "built NYC" include two male drag queens who founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR).
According to Breitbart, the “She Built NYC” project began last summer as an attempt by McCray to balance the male-female mix of statues of eminent New Yorkers.
When McCray asked for the public’s input, she received an avalanche of more than 1,800 suggestions, with some 320 women nominated.
McCray and former Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen basically ignored the results of the public consultation and chose the seven women they wanted to honor, none of whom was among the top seven women picked in the poll.
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Instead, the panel selected abortion rights activist Dr. Helen Rodriguez Trías and drag queens Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, among others, making clear what their criteria were.
The reaction from New Yorkers has been predictably swift and fierce.
“Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, who received more nominations from New Yorkers than any other woman during the process, has been completely ignored,” Councilman Justin Brannan wrote to McCray’s office on Monday.
“My simple question is this: why open this for a public vote and then ignore the results?” he asked.
Worshipers at the Saint Frances Cabrini Church in Bensonhurst were “very disappointed” after learning she would not figure among the seven women chosen, said Father Guy Sbordone, pastor of the parish.
“People were a little taken aback, and rightfully so,” he said.
“They’re thinking about their vote and what it meant and why it isn’t being honored.”
Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini — America’s first saint and the patroness of immigrants — was herself an Italian immigrant who became a naturalized citizen.
And arguably she did more than any other woman of her day to help the immigrant community in the United States.
So essentially, these woke Democrats who love to invoke America’s immigrant heritage have snubbed a central figure who helped make that immigrant heritage a success by creating schools, hospitals, and orphanages to care for the new arrivals.