Moving beyond the monument war

Dec 08, 2017 802

BY: Tom Finkelpearl and Darren Walker

During the past few months, Americans have clashed, sometimes violently, under, over and about the monuments that adorn our public spaces. Too often, the conflict devolves to an all-or-nothing argument. One side says, “Take them down.” The other side says, “Leave them up.”

While this binary debate makes for catchy headlines, it ignores the wide range of perspectives — and possible interventions — around this issue. Here in New York City, we invited our fellow residents to engage with us to better understand how our monuments impact different communities. During the last several weeks, we have heard more spirited opinions, bold ideas and practical solutions than we ever thought possible.

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