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Why removing historical monuments is a bad idea

Why removing historical monuments is a bad idea

by Rob Natelson

While most Americans watch helplessly, our stateside Taliban vandalizes and removes long-standing public monuments. As some commentators point out, the destruction weakens our consciousness of history, including history’s darker side.

Even more importantly, however, erasing monuments of once-revered figures upsets an unspoken but long-prevailing consensus governing our decisions of whom to commemorate. The consensus renders the commemoration process more meaningful and less political than it otherwise would be.

Read the whole article originally published in The Hill on September 20, 2017.

 

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