It belongs to us all

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has, according to news reports, decided to leave to the Native village of Eklutna the fate of a statue of famed British navigator and explorer James Cook now standing in Resolution Park overlooking Cook Inlet in Downtown Anchorage.

This, after calls on social media for the statue’s removal. Cook, after all, had the temerity to unapologetically explore the world and claim what he found for Great Britain without bothering to ask local inhabitants’ permission. It was the fashion of the time.

The Cook statue was a given to Anchorage as a gift from British Petroleum during the American Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. Anchorage’s statue is a replica of one in Anchorage’s sister city, Whitby, England.

We suppose whatever will happen to the statue will happen, given the rush to eradicate or change history to suit current political needs, but it is worth noting that the Cook statue was given to the city of Anchorage, not Mayor Berkowitz to do with as he sees fit, nor to the Native village of Eklutna. It was given to the city.

We also note that allowing Eklutna to decide the statue’s fate ignores other Native cultures in the Cook Inlet area.

It would be a nice touch in this cancel culture age if once in a while our betters took just a moment to ask the people they supposedly represent – all of them – what they would like done.

6 Responses to It belongs to us all

  1. Marlin Savage June 27, 2020 at 6:08 am

    Bend in the liberal breeze mini mayor passes the buck to Eklutna. Reminds me of when he had his minions steal the $50,000 donated memorial fountain in the middle of the night instead of enforcing laws against defecating in the Town Square…………….

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  2. OG_Lila June 27, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Did I miss an election in which Anchorage voters manded our San Francisco Treat to give away city property/

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  3. OG_Lila June 27, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Did I somehow miss an election in which the people of New San Francisco authorized the giving away of public property?

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  4. Ms Madd June 27, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    It is so childish to see the Mayor passing the buck to the native american people. If seems to me that the people of the city of Anchorage should have a vote on the removal the statue given to them by their sister city in England. If someone wants to add a stone tablet next to the statue describing all the sins of Captain Cook that would be fine. The problem seems to be that he did not (to my knowledg) do anything other than map a portion of Alaska, including Cook Inlet.

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  5. Elizabeth June 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Where in city ordinance does the mayor have the right to take public property and give it to another entity without any public or assembly decision or input? Wouldn’t this be illegal? Does the office of mayor have some special immunity to a charge of theft? Why are the citizens of Anchorage standing by and letting this happen?

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  6. John London June 28, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    You know Berk O’ Wiz – always making Virtue Signals when in fact I bet the dude is totally Amoral.

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