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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

Should statues of ALL slave owning historical figures be taken down?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Statues are (should be) built, to commemorate what someone DID, not who they WERE.

    Ulysses S Grant was a slave owner. He was given a slave by his father in law. Grant expressed discomfort at the situation and eventually freed that slave. Oh and he also did more to end slavery in the USA, than anyone else in history, leading the Union army.

    Robert E Lee owned/controlled a few hundred slaves and fought a war against the United States, to try to preserve that situation.

    Some people can't tell the difference between those two men.

  • Prince
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Distracted by images, graven images, you miss all content. Even before Airy, the other side of David, you plotted the murder of one unborn, the innocent child whose life was your one hope. Beyond Richard Herndon's white grave, Queen Esther and La Wampler sang the Land of the Leal for you odd fellows and appalled Lee Pelham to fulfill the boon begged on the hill top. You call yourselves builders who only fashion a perfect ashlar into a cornerstone, proceed to hang your entire building on it and then dash your stone out from under you. Ikonoclasts who practis apotheosis only to destroy the gods you raise and never revere, faithless revolutionists you are crazed nihilists suicidally shooting holes in your own lifeboat. Manipulating minds and hearts to destroy children and produce a grandson for the altar. Perversely priding yourselves in having gotten away with treachery, this is your legacy. You're as clear sighted as your god Samael and you have wounded a new Samson and set him between the pillars of your temple to uphold it, whose son you slew. All natural affections aside, you have sickened the people. Cheated 1.200 shares and more. Programmed one who'd offered you forgiveness and mercy not to feed his pet bird or give it water and, fearing to offer it animal warmth, it has died unfed, thirsting and unwarmed. You are old and collapsing in your own cruelty. Warning off weaving spiders you are blind to the arachnids you are tangling yourselves in your own webs. You build nothing, nurture nothing, love nothing. You are cold and the sword with which you level all, children, grandson, love and people and hope, turns out to be double-edged

  • KTJoe
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No way; such statues make excellent tourist attractions,OOO-Awe all day long. A tour guide would escort visitors around and give a brief history gory, or whatever about the statue. I definitely would be interested, I like history. 

  • 1 month ago

    No.  If the person was ever involved in doing something useful and good for the country, then his stature should not be removed.  It remain a part of our history. But, a person who is honored for only owning slaves, then remove his stature.  Otherwise, do not bother the statures just because a loud mouth bunch of stupid aholes, some who just lately arrived here wants to destroy our history, no never, and throw those bastards out of this country.  Like Omar whosoever that disgusting thing is, she should be locked in a dungeon.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    ISN'T IT STUPID HOW SOME SUGGEST THAT THE STATUES OF THE SLAVE OWNERS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN DOWN JUST SO THAT PEOPLE DON'T REPEAT THEIR MISTAKE

    LET ME EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCE

    Take the example of Germany. After WWII

    1. the statues of Hitler were removed. Why? Because keeping it in public places would mean that the German Government still want Germans to respect and want to remember him and his ideas and actions and want the public to see him as a person whom the public could learn from and get inspired by

    2. the Auschwitz concentration camp was not demolished but instead turned into a museum. Why? So that "white Aryans" can sort of experience the horrors of the holocaust which would obviously sensitize their feelings towards Jews SO THAT THEY DO NOT REPEAT THE SAME MISTAKE

    DO U SEE THE DIFFERENCE?

    Applying the same logic, the US Govt. should keep all the public murals and literature depicting the torture of the Blacks SO THAT WHITES DO NOT REPEAT THE SAME MISTAKE while NOT ALL the statues of slave-owners BUT THE ONES WHO TREATED THEIR SLAVES LIKE CATTLE [because OWNING SLAVES  is not even a crime compared to MISTREATING SLAVES but sadly, 60-70% of slave-owners treated their slaves like cattle. So, the criterion for deciding which statues to keep should be like what USER @ALIZA HAS MENTIONED IN HER ANSWER] should not be present in the public so that the public can understand that THE US GOVT. DOESN'T WANT PEOPLE TO RESPECT THEM

    At best, their statues should be kept in museums

    Edit: I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY SOME DUMBOS KEEP POINTING TO SLAVERY IN THE BLACK NATIONS. FIRST OF ALL, A LOT OF THAT SLAVERY WOULDN'T HAVE HAD BEEN HAPPENING TODAY HADN'T THE WHITES COLONIZED AFRICA AND IMPOVERISHED THE NATIVE POPULATION SO MUCH THAT IT FORCED THEM TO SELL THEMSELVES TO THE ARABS. SECONDLY, ANYTHING THAT IS DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY SUPPORTING SLAVERY SHOULD BE REMOVED REGARDLESS OF THE RACE OF THE SLAVES BCOZ IT IS MORE OF A "CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY" RATHER THAN RACISM.

  • 1 month ago

    The statues are part of your history.A good reminder of how far we have come and to never return to that way again.

  • No its just ignorance

    you must remember history or you will repeat it

  • 1 month ago

    Here is my opinion on the statues being torn down. 

    If a city has a statue of a slaveowner up and that is why they are honoring him, then yes tear it down. No man needs to be remembered for being a slaveowner. 

    But if the statue is of a man who is being remembered for something else entirely and he just happened to be a slaveowner, then I don't agree with tearing it down. 

    For example, take George Washington. He was a slaveowner, yes, however, that is not what he is known for. He is known for being the first president of the United States. Nobody is glorifying the fact that he was a slaveowner. If they were, the slave quarters on his property would have been torn down or redone to pretend he "treated his slaves well." 

    Unfortunately, slavery is a part of our history. Unfortunately, slavery was once considered normal. We cannot erase everyone who participated in it, because then we would lose chunks of our history. Slavery needs to be remembered so that we can prevent it from ever happening in our country again. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The protest should focus on the confederacy. The people waving stars and bars killed the people waving stars and stripes. State and local jurisdictions should decide the fate of confederate relics.

  • 1 month ago

    ye cuz dat shet b rasit u feel me?

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