A black gorilla statue was removed from a children’s playground at a park in Corsicana, Texas, after complaints that the gorilla was racially insensitive.
For 19 years the gorilla statue sat inside a cage, which was needed because the statue wasn’t reinforced and would fall over if kids climbed on it. Instead, kids climbed on the cage.
However, the visual of a black gorilla inside a cage is what started recent wave of racial complaints to the city.
Corsicana Mayor Don Denbow told KTVT:
We can understand this, because we have an obligation to listen to all our citizens, to determine what is offensive and not, especially in public places.
Now, local citizens are staging sit-ins inside the cage to protest the removal of the popular children’s attraction.
Mayor Denbow said he’s open to the gorilla returning “in some form” due to the backlash from people who want the gorilla.
Corsicana city council member Jeff Smith noted on Facebook that the city will return the gorilla statue as soon as weather permits.