Restricted Chicago names commission to study statues including 5 of Lincoln

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Chicago has appointed a committee to determine the fate of certain monuments in the city. Included on the list are Lincoln, Washington, Grant and Benjamin Franklin. Edited.


“A Chicago committee has listed five statues of Abraham Lincoln among dozens of monuments that it said needed to be reviewed as part of a project to reconsider symbols that have become “a focal point for conversation, protest and activism,” the city said Wednesday.

The city created the committee in response to last summer’s protests, some of which centered on statues of historical figures, to review Chicago’s collection of monuments and “recommend solutions.”


https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/18/us/chicago-statues-abraham-lincoln.amp.html
 
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Personally I am against removing any monuments to our history, as our history remains our history.

However if one accepted their logic against Confederate monuments, there would be no reason that same twisted logic shouldn't then be applied to non Confederate monuments.

As the United States had slavery about 20 times as long as the Confederacy, including during the ACW. Our Indian policies, wars, and conduct certainly had racial overtones as well....even post-ACW our US military remained segregated for decades. If one wishes to remove negative racial elements from our history......there's far more then 4 years of 12 states.
 
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I tend to agree with historian Allen Guelzo......it's a rather false yardstick.

"If an offensive racial opinion “is the only yardstick that we use to measure people today, they will have to pull down monuments to everybody from before 1950,” Guelzo said." (He was speaking about the removal to a monument to Stephen Douglas)

"Guelzo, who co-created a five-step decision-making analysis for the removal of newly scrutinized memorials, believes that if Illinois uproots Douglas, Lincoln should follow, disqualified by the Matson case and his stance during the Charleston debate."
 
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