As Still As…

Clipart image of a statue of a queen

I’ve seen a few posts fly past, obviously responses to a prompt, discussing statues. I tracked this back to A Guy Called Bloke’s Weekend Quickie of a few days ago. Since I’d looked it up, the part of the post which interested me was:

What’s your stance on statues […]?

…where Rory is presumably referring to the removal of statues that people find offensive.

I fully agree that many of the subjects of these statues are, indeed, offensive.

But, do you know, my biggest fear on this one is that we will one day have a generation of people who believe that these events did not happen. That something as big as slavery, for example… did not happen. So I think that statues are best left in place, to serve as reminders. Even if they do happen to offend us.

That couldn’t happen, I hear you say. Well, there is a small-but-vocal section who would deny that something like the Holocaust happened. An event where there are still, just about, living memories, not to mention libraries full of evidence.

And, in the UK in the Nineties, we introduced a National Curriculum. Which is, in effect, controlling what pupils learn, centrally. What if, one day, the holocaust-deniers became in charge of the National Curriculum? Would children still learn about Auschwitz? There are already critics in the UK who will tell you that this already happens – that the UK glosses over some of its more inconvenient truths in favour of flag-waving events. A dose of Dunkirk, anyone? But, please don’t mention our role selling arms to the Saudis to use in Yemen.

Again, if you think that could never happen, just look at some of the extremists who have been elected – i.e. gained power by totally fair means – in recent years. Couldn’t it?

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed IT systems in finance, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing mainly health-related software from home, plus some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

8 thoughts on “As Still As…”

  1. We should not erase history, but at the same time, we should not honor traitors to our country, like those in America who fought against our nation to preserve slavery, with their statues. Let’s never erase from history, but let’s focus, instead, on what happened and why, rather than to lionize those who were disloyal and treasonous.

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    1. It can be a matter-of-fact thing, I think. This is so-and-so and this is what they did. People can make their own minds up.
      It can also give an appreciation of how tastes have changed over time – someone might have done something that we consider unacceptable, but back then, it was so looked-up-to that they were honoured for it.

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  2. I have agreed with your stance on statues in my response to this prompt. In reading your post I also agree that our children and current older “Kid” generation needs to be told both the good of what we and others have done along with the bad without trying to gloss over the fact that even the “good” can be monsters at times.

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  3. Hmmmmmm I don’t know. Either way will believe what they want. Here in the US, we just had an entire administration say that a black man was not profiled or a police didn’t kill him by lying him on the ground and choking him to death with his knees. So, people convince themselves of whatever they want not to face reality or to remainder in their position.

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