Pulling down a statue of John A MacDonald or Edward Cornwallis etc is vandalism. At least that is how most people perceive it. Up to a few days ago I was in agreement. However, when I thought about Irish history, it gave me pause. On Dublin’s Main Street (O’Connell St)there was a statue, a smaller version of Nelson column. It was erected during the hundreds of years of English rule. In 1966, Nelson’s column was destroyed by a powerful explosion. This came at the time of the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rebellion. Nelson’s head, all that remains of the column, now resides at the Dublin library. Some believed it was done by the IRA, but any investigation was tepid at best. Was this an act of vandalism? I think not, why would the Republic of Ireland want to honour a statue of a English naval hero. So when a group of Canadians tear down a statue of MacDonald are they right or wrong?. Depends on who you are or what historic connections you may have. Perhaps having such strong feelings regarding Residential Schools. Indigenous peoples could, like the Irish, claim they were under British rule. They certainly have every right to object to honouring the memory of someone who treated them so shamefully. Nevertheless, it would be more civilized to have such statues removed. Whether you agree or not, whether it’s good or bad, it is a part of our history and should be saved for future generations. Not on public view, perhaps in museums or other suitable institutes. We can’t, and shouldn’t attempt to erase Canadian history just because we don’t like it. Quite rightly there are no visual memories of Hitler in Germany. Nevertheless, we must never be allowed to forget his barbaric actions of the Second World War.
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