There is a statue of Lenin in Seattle, which I have no problem with, although it’s probably offensive to Russian-Americans, Eastern European-Americans, not to mention Asian-Americans and Latinos who have lived under Communist tyrannies or experienced Communist terrorism.
By Jordan Brasher and Derek H. Alderman
Where do old Confederate statues go when they die? The former Soviet bloc countries could teach the U.S. something about dealing with monuments from a painful past.
If the aim of statue removal is to build a more racially just South, then, as many analysts have pointed out, putting these monuments in storage is a lost opportunity. Simply unseating Confederate statues from highly visible public spaces is just the first step in a much longer process of understanding, grieving and mending the wounds of America’s violent past. Merely hiding away the monuments does not necessarily change the structural racism that birthed them.