[A statue of Christopher Columbus at the Minnesota State Capitol, pulled from its pedestal by American Indian Movement protesters]
Around the world statues and monuments synonymous with slavery, racism, imperialism and genocide are being town down or moved as part of, or in response to, the on-going George Floyd protests and the Black Lives Matter movement. On May 31st 2020 protestors in Birmingham, Alabama toppled a statue of Charles Linn, a Confederate Navy captain, the next day the mayor responded by removing the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument. This sparked a wave of similar controversial monument removals by protestors, local governments or institutions worldwide. But now, with many of these monuments removed, destroyed or waiting to be relocated to a museum, what should be put in their place?
What should the racist, imperialist, or otherwise controversial statues removed during the BLM movement be replaced with?