In a bewildering and reaching report by the Associated Press today, a comparison was made between the removal of Civil War monuments in New Orleans with those removed in other countries. The report refers to the New Orleans monuments as “Confederate statues” and even referred to one monument as “heralding white supremacy”. It was not understood from the report which monument was dedicated to the city in order to herald white supremacy.
The AP report went on to describe what other places worldwide such as Africa, Baltics [sic], Germany, Iraq and Russia have done with their monuments. The report rambles from British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes statues being removed in Zimbabwean cities in the 1980s, Allied removal of Nazi symbols such as the swastika after World War Two, and the hundreds of monuments brought down after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It was not clear why the author did not include other monument removals such as: the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan erected in the 6th century and then destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, Al Qaeda-linked rebel’s destruction of historic and religious landmarks in Timbuktu in 2012, or the destruction of statues and other artifacts in the Iraqi city of Nimrod by the Islamic State in 2015.
After reviewing the story, one may be left to wonder why the AP report began with connecting Civil War monuments to white supremacy, and then moved through examples of imperialists, brutal dictators, Nazis and communists.
AP report found here.
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