“What should we do with historical monuments if they’re removed?”
I think that historical monuments should be left where they were placed. Taking them down does nothing to change history. These memorials are reminders of things that happened in the past and should be looked at in this capacity. Not all of the memorials that are in cities are considered to be “racist”, but in today’s world that is exactly what is happening. These memorials should be telling their own stories of history, what happened and how we can avoid it happening again.
If memorials and statues are taken down, I think they should be placed in museums for people to learn from. Destroying them is stupid and wasteful. History is what it was, it can’t be changed, removed, or erased. Showing our children and grandchildren how our country has changed and bettered itself is part of history and should be taught, not hidden.
Hopefully, we as a Nation, have learned from the mistakes of our forefathers and will continue to grow together as a nation who is loving and caring and can see people for what they are and not the color of their skin. Looking at someone’s color shows that people are ignorant in their thinking. What truly matters is what is in someone’s heart, not their skin color.
I don’t believe we need to “interpret” monuments. They all clearly state who the person was and what made him stand out. Not that anyone has to agree with what they were honored for, but at the time they were celebrated, people were proud of that and thought they did something good to deserve that honor.
Hopefully we can all learn from history, the good and the bad, but looking at the young people today, they are making bad choices in how they act, treat people, and other people’s property, much like the things that they are complaining about that happened to their ancestors!
Removing or destroying monuments and statues is like shutting the barndoor after the horses are out!