Eps. 1 Dearborn Blog Live Discussions – Anti-Statue Movement, Between Reform & Absurdity [Video/Podcast]

“The United States’ frenzy of statuary iconoclasm has taken a turn into the theater of the absurd. Knocking down or defacing statues of national founders or heroes not only displays ignorance of history but also assaults the principles of Western civilization that allow for racial progress to continue.” Henry Olsen

“I think a statue is a bid for immortality,” Thompson, the art historian, told the New York Times. “It’s a way of solidifying an idea and making it present to other people. So that is what’s really at issue here. It’s not the statues themselves but the point of view that they represent. And these are statues in public places, right? So these are statues claiming that this version of history is the public version of history.”

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