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GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE CALL FOR THE REMOVAL OF STATUES OF SLAVE-OWNING FOUNDERS

27/08/2017

Jonathan Turley on the growing call in the USA to remove monuments to Washington and Thomas Jefferson following Charlottesville. In the UK we have seen demands for statues of Rhodes to be removed from his alma mater and in Austalia for a monument to James Cook. No doubt the progressives in NZ will soon call for similar here. These are all attempts to rewrite history and indeed to look at past history through the lens of today’s prejudices and beliefs. Whether from the left or the right that is wrong and morally reprehensible.

JONATHAN TURLEY

Gilbert_Stuart_Williamstown_Portrait_of_George_WashingtonBelow is my column in the Hill Newspaper on the call for the removal of the statue of George Washington in my hometown of Chicago.  This is not the first such call to remove statues of confederate figures or those who supported segregation. The most recent such removal was the removal of the statue of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney due to his authorship of the Dredd Scott decision.  There have been demands that monuments and the names of slave-owning founders be removed.

Here is the column:

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