My Take: By Matthew McCully

By Matthew McCully
My Take: By Matthew McCully

There is a special place in the world reserved for symbols of oppression and discrimination.
They don’t belong in our parks or on the faces of our buildings, or in the names of our city streets. They belong in a quiet place surrounded by walls, away from the light of day.
And they deserve a much more demanding and fitting mandate than celebrity.
They should be teachers because we have yet to learn our lesson.
Nothing can grow in the shadows of those statues and monuments.
To let them stand with heads held high would be a display of supreme ignorance.
They are not artful. They are not cultural.
By design they are hurtful and represent the worst parts of mankind.
So put them away.
Not destroyed. Not buried or erased. Just away, in a place where they will be used to educate, not subjugate.

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After going to a slave castle in Ghana I am forever reminded about the importance of history being reshaped and retold by the oppressed. I also see the value in places like concentration camps and slave castles as living histories, but fully support the removal of landmarks erected for the sole purpose of symbolic domination and threat.