Anti-racism protests sweeping across the U.S. and the world have uncovered yet another problematic trend — people with horrible reputations honored with statues.
As tensions bubbled over, protestors spray painted, set on fire, and toppled a statue of colonizer Christopher Columbus in Richmond, Virginia. Another one of founding father Thomas Jefferson, who enslaved more than 600 people, came crashing down in Portland, Oregon, too.
A monument of Juan de Oñate, a colonial governor exiled from New Mexico over cruel treatment of Native Americans, was removed after a tense scene in Albuquerque.
Historian James Barr took to Twitter to ask:
Name a statue that actually enhances its surroundings.
— James Barr (@James_Barr) June 10, 2020
Twitterati had some interesting answers.