Heritage II


Monument of John. C. Calhoun
Charleston, South Carolina
From “Rewriting History or Acknowledging It?”
Michael Putzel, Huffington Post
August 3, 2016

In relation to “Heritage“, Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows:

I agree with pulling down a statue of someone like Calhoun, if his writings were the foundation for slavery. I note, however, that he must have fitted the values of the time, if he served as Vice President twice.

I wonder what people will think of our times, two hundred years from now. Whose statues will they pull down that we regard now as perfectly acceptable, even if we personally disagree with their politics?

Will the future Canadians finally see our age’s prejudices against Aboriginals? I note that the Langevin Block has been renamed as the Office of The Prime Minister and Privy Council, since Hector-Louis Langevin was associated with the residential school system and the related attempted cultural genocide, regarding aboriginal people as “savages”. Yet others argue that it was Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, who was the principal “architect” of the residential school system. What do we do about memorials of Macdonald?

And what of Thomas Jefferson, America’s third president? He supported slavery. He championed states’ rights over federal law, a generation or two before Calhoun. Will they close the Jefferson Monument in DC?

I wish we could spend a bit more time looking at ourselves to see how we could improve what we do, rather than leaving it to the future to decide we were despicable. If we did a better job enlightening ourselves, maybe our monuments erected in the present will be less subject to challenge than those of the past?

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