Can't let the mob rule. My generation went nuts too (60's) so I see the point, but, order is the only way any civilization can sustain.
If the statue is the "point", then get with the local government and have it removed.
Is "deifying" a person bad form? I assume it is as every person is flawed....probably flawed enough to get their own statue knocked down. None of this speaks well for statues so, review the bunch of them.
The discussion of the institution of slavery in the US is important. Understanding the scope of the slave trade before the Civil war is useful.
Slaves, rum (sugar) and opium were essentially, the three largest industries in the world. We live in a world ruled by money and those who control it. My point here is that "everybody" was impacted/effected/involved/complicit in the slave trade. Ships, rope, sailors, tar, provisions, cooperage, lawyers, accountants, politicians large and small, bankers, the US Navy, Army, media, farmers, the entire worldwide textile industry, sugar > molasses > rum production, distillers, glass bottles, cases, transport/distribution, the fuel for the distillers...it never ends.
Pretty much every sip of rum and stitch of clothing, worldwide was brought to you by slavery.
I had family members whom were well known abolitionists and thus, were the biggest hypocrites of all. They earned their livings up here in New England from the industries listed above.
New England was pretty much the textile capital of the world next to Britain (cotton) and made as much rum from slave made molasses as could be drunk.
Great universities, prep schools, hospitals and countless other institutions were built by the families who made money from narcotics, booze and human trafficking.
There used to be a museum called the Museum of China Trade. Years ago they realized they were glorifying the New England families that built massive empires on selling opium to Chinese. Tens if not hundreds of millions of Chinese died from a trade forced on them by the British, Dutch and Americans.
Human history is quite simply, one horror story after the next. Mankind has been consistently brutal from the start and it will continue.
This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it should not be politicized to allow it to remain within reason. Each person in our country have a right to their voice, but, this voice is not that of the mob. In 1968, at the Democratic Convention in Chicago my generation went absolutely nuts. They brought the war here.
Many years later January 27, 1973 Richard Nixon ended the draft. An old friend of mine is dying now....from agent orange exposure in a war he was drafted to fight in.
Maintain order or read, in depth, about the French revolution. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the rule of the mob.
It feeds on itself until everyone still alive is hiding behind a locked door as, if all who must be brought to justice are hunted down? All who have sinned against another must be punished? Then there won't be anyone left...will there?