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Old December 27th, 2017, 07:04 PM   #41
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Today we say it's always wrong to destroy monuments, but past ethical considerations about this were well different and even in the present we can see something odd. For example in my home town the local administrators haven't destroyed a statue of King Vittorio Emanuele, they have hidden it in a depot of the municipality police. Only the change of the Constitution and the return of the Savoy Royal descendants in Italy, my municipality has put that statue again at its place.

This to say that politics wins on principals also in our Western societies. If public opinion doesn't care, politicians can decide to destroy what they want ...
Recently my city, San Antonio, Texas, removed a statue of a Confederate soldier from a prominent public park. It did this in the wake of the white supremacist rally in Charlotte, Virginia. Oddly enough, the park in which it was located was called Travis Park. Travis was a hero of the Battle of the Alamo and most people just assumed that this statue commemorated him. But no, it was a monument to the Confederate war dead - Travis is nowhere to be seen. In any event, the Confederate monument is gone and may be relocated, perhaps, to a Confederate cemetery not far away. The monument was erected in the early 20th century during the Jim Crow era which made it into more of a defiant gesture than a solemn memorial.

In order to remove the monument, the matter had to go before City Council and be debated in public, and after citizens had an opportunity to comment. Then a vote was taken. It passed and the statue was removed. Normal legislative process was scrupulously followed. It wasn’t just a matter of capriciously deciding to demolish the statue in the heat of the moment.

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