Before he passed away, my father and I had long chats about a lot of things. He didn’t have a lot of energy, but he did say a lot of great things.
My dad would often watch Fox News, and we’d chat about the news segment. On one occasion, we spoke about taking down statues. He said statues are like family photos – a reminder of where you came from. You can’t delete them any more than you can erase that family member you are not proud of. My dad warned me that this movement will eventually divide the country into factions.
The latest news on this front is about Native Americans and the town of Arcata, California, as we see in this Los Angeles Times report:
No other city has taken down a monument to a president for his misdeeds.
But Arcata is poised to do just that.
The target is an 8½-foot bronze likeness of William McKinley, who was president at the turn of the last century and stands accused of directing the slaughter of Native peoples in the U.S. and abroad.
Read more here.
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