i know now this is probably going to be another dumpster fire of a thread but I’m interested to hear how people feel about this issue.
In the past week, there have been multiple cases of statues of slave owners being torn down. The subjects of the statues were celebrated in this way because they were important figures that were pioneers in industry/trade/politics. Yes, they were able to accomplish this off the back of slavery but does this discredit their historical importance? Many important historical figures have benefitted from slavery: Egyptian Pharos, Roman emperors. More currently: Saudi Monarchy, British Monarchy .
i don’t agree that this is right, but I’m not sure I agree with trying to get rid of these statues. Ironically, tearing these statues down is so drastic that it will be immortalised in history as an event that was a big step in the fight against racism. History is studied so we can learn from it, both good and bad.