On Contact: Public Monuments And Racism
On the show this week, Chris Hedges, in his second interview with Professor James W Loewen, discusses public monuments and statues, who puts them up and why, and what may replace them. Prof Loewen is the author of ‘Lies Across America: What Our Historical Markers and Monuments Get Wrong’.
“The uprisings sweeping the nation triggered by the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others have not only confronted systematic police abuse, but targeted statues, monuments and buildings commemorating white supremacy. The headquarters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which spearheaded the erection of monuments to confederate leaders in the early part of the twentieth century in Richmond, VA, was set on fire.”
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