I wasn’t able to blog much in 2017, and subsequently missed much of the furore over the Confederate monuments being removed from public spots. I’m catching up on some of these arguments in The Atlantic. I particularly liked this suggestion of removing the monuments, but leaving the empty pedestals behind to foster discussion.
That summer, I traveled for the first time to Prague, in the former Soviet-bloc country of Czechoslovakia. I noticed almost immediately the concrete foundations and empty pedestals where monuments to communist leaders once stood. Some statues had been relocated to museums, while others were destroyed; skate boarders and sunbathers had since claimed their spot.