‘Example of what systematic racism is’: Controversial San Jose statue will be removed
Downtown San Jose, California, where the city council has unanimously agreed to the removal of a statue depicting a former mayor on horseback during the Mexican-American War. - Ivan Paunovic/Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For nearly two decades, a 16-foot-tall bronze statue of a former San Jose mayor and captain in the Mexican-American War riding horseback while carrying the American flag has greeted residents and visitors as they entered downtown by way of St. James Street. But by August 2022, the concrete slab that the 12,000-pound statue currently sits atop will be wiped clean, absent any remnants of the controversial memorial that once stood there. The San Jose City Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to formally begin the process of removing the Thomas Fallon statue and placing it...