COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — A Change.org petition to rename Columbus, Ohio to “Flavortown” is quickly picking up traction on social media.
At last check, there are more than 11,000 signatures and counting.
Tyler Woodbridge started the petition and said the state’s capital is an amazing city but should not be named after Christopher Columbus.
Woodbridge thought Flavortown would be a much better fit. He said it honors Central Ohio’s proud heritage as a culinary crossroads and also pays tribute to celebrity chef Guy Fieri who was born in Columbus.
“He’s such a good dude, really,” said Woodbridge.
Christopher Columbus has long been considered controversial, but protesters have been more active in the removal of his name in wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Columbus State College recently took down a statue of him on campus after it was vandalized.
“The removal of the Christopher Columbus statue is a symbolic gesture of our commitment to our College and in our community to continue and accelerate the fight against systemic racism,” said Columbus State President David Harrison.