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Social Justice Advocates Demand Removal Of Pete Wilson Statue

Republicans celebrated when California Gov. Pete Wilson was re-elected in 199...

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Above: Republicans celebrated when California Gov. Pete Wilson was re-elected in 1994. But his divisive campaign led to a backlash, especially among the growing Latino population in the state.

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A statue of former California governor Pete Wilson is once again drawing the ire of social justice activists, who demand that it be taken down over anti-immigrant policies he supported ... Read more →

Aired: March 23, 2021 | Transcript

The statue of former San Diego Mayor and California Gov. Pete Wilson in downtown San Diego is once again the target of social activists.

A group of social justice advocates Monday demanded the statue be removed from its location at Broadway Circle near Horton Plaza Park. The statue was removed last October, but returned to its original spot by its private owners last December.

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Wilson’s support for anti-immigrant legislation and his stance against gay rights has made his statue offensive to many in the social justice movement. The controversy over the statue is just one of several efforts to remove tributes to historical figures with offensive legacies.

Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien, a professor of political science specializing in racial and ethnic politics at San Diego State University, joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the controversy surrounding Wilson's statue and the complicated legacy it evokes.

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