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Twitter Users Ponder Statues That Actually Enhance Their Surroundings

By Petr Knava | Social Media | June 11, 2020 |

By Petr Knava | Social Media | June 11, 2020 |


Statues commemorating racists are coming down. Isn’t it a beautiful sight? After years of ‘sanctioned’ and ‘proper’ campaigning which by establishment design achieved nothing but ‘polite’ deferral and bureaucratic quagmire, statues which a just society would have never put up in the first place are now coming down, one way or another, thanks to direct action. What a grim indictment of how our society is structured and upon whose bones it was built it is that they were allowed to be erected and elevated at all—and what a display of abhorrent hubris, and brazen contempt for the descendants of the victims of capitalism’s original sin, that they were deemed worthy of staying up; their existence a potent metaphor in many ways for how the legacy of brutal colonialism which built Western capitalism is still so alive and well around all of us, and their fall a moving symbol of some tiny degree of belated justice. Our society is profoundly criminal, and the very act of monument building—done more often than not by the powerful who benefit from that criminality—frequently reflect that character. Twitter user and historian James Barr posed a question that addressed this when he challenged people to, ‘Name a statue that actually enhances its surroundings.’

So here are some more deserving statues that do enhance their surroundings, instead of poisoning the very earth they stand upon with the noxious glare of some long dead uber-racist who turned his passion for evil and magnified it into even greater evil by turning it into a money-making venture.

Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.

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