Got no issue with seeing monsters like Leopold go down. When you're responsible for 10 million deaths, and for the essential creation of the term 'crime against humanity', you don't deserve any sort of commemoration. He deserves to be remembered in a similar vein to Hitler, Bagosora, Pot and the like.
However, there's simply never been anyone like that in American history. Certainly, some Confederate monuments deserve to be taken down. As Roy said, public Confederate statues seems insulting at best, and supportive of Confederate ideals at worst. I'm not sure if there is any way to go about this. As far as I've seen there's rarely any progress made with pursuing the usual channels to try and get results for issues like this. On the other hand, we've seen mobs tear down statues of Jefferson, Washington, Ulysses Grant and bloody Hans Christian Heg. These actions are obviously unjust.
It's hard to find a middle ground. Society is very very angry right now
What are the thoughts in Australia about the celebration of Australia Day and Captain Cook's discovery of the continent? I read somewhere that there's a proposal to change it to Invasion Day?
Captain Cook is often wrongfully blamed for all the injustice that occurred in Australia towards our indigenous peoples, but on the flip side, January 26 should not be Australia Day.
Captain Cook was a great cartographer, but in terms of the actual foundation of Australia he didnít really do too much. It would be like if Americans celebrated Columbus Day as the one and only celebration of the foundation of America. Men like Governor Phillip were good to our indigenous people, especially by the standards of his time, but essentially as soon as he left we turned on them. There is no doubt that Australia Day represents a really bad time for our indigenous people.
Thatís why it should be moved to January 1st. Thatís the day Australia federated, so naturally it should be the day Australians celebrate Australia, right? I feel like thereís two problems with this sadly. Firstly, many Australians celebrate the new year with some gusto, so itís not really a priority to celebrate our federation. Secondly, thereís a very powerful conservative element in Australia. Thatís why notions like renaming it ďInvasion DayĒ (which is stupid in its own right) will not get up in the foreseeable future. At least on a federal level.
Ultimately I do think Australia Day should be changed. But not to Invasion Day, not to May 8 Day (as in Mate Day, ugh), and not to anything besides January 1st.