Toppling statues represents a juvenile understanding of history
While we might not agree with the decisions of our forebears, we cannot escape that we have been produced by them. These violent attacks come from an angry minority who wrongly see their individual opinions as representative of wider society. This obscures the more important issue at hand. That is an understanding of history. Of course, our interpretation of events and individuals changes over time. And maintaining our monuments sustains the conversation between past and present. That is as critical for progress as any other facet of public life. The current zeitgeist for destruction is therefore myopic and immature. What is needed now is not a social revolution, but a greater understanding of how we now want to see our past, and how that will inform our future. Proponents include author James Heartfield.