2021-02-18 18:26:57 UTC
By Audrey Conklin
Published 49 mins ago
Chicago has developed a new initiative called the Chicago Monuments
Project, which will allow community members and local experts to review
monuments in the area and determine whether they "warrant attention or
The new project and website come after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot
announced the city's decision to remove two Christopher Columbus
statues in June after rioters clashed with police and attempted to
topple at least one statue in Grant Park.
The Chicago Monuments Project aims to "grapple with the often
unacknowledged – or forgotten – history ... and provides a vehicle to
address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial history, confront the ways
in which that history has and has not been memorialized, and develop a
framework for marking public space that elevates new ways to
memorialize Chicago's history more equitably and accurately."
About 40 monuments have been identified "for public discussion,"
including those memorializing former President George Washington, Union
Army commanding general and former President Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin
Franklin, Columbus and a police officer representing the Haymarket
The list also includes several statues of former President Abraham
Lincoln; "Land of Lincoln" is Illinois' official state slogan and
symbolizes democracy, according to the nonprofit organization State
Seems to me the black people want to have the say of which monuments
and statues should represent American history.
Whether they like it or not, those statues and monuments they want to
remove, do represent American history.
This is a good example of the lack on intellectual capacity of black
people, that they can't accept the past as it happened, move on.