[Regarding “The Bigger Picture: Local Historians Reflect on the Vance Monument, One Year After Its Removal,” May 25, Xpress:]
“Building an America as good as its ideals.” — from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
I think the monument should celebrate protest. While it would have statues representing major movements of the 21st century, it should have obvious spots for future statues. (This might become a favorite photo spot, with people holding their own signs.) We are still building.
The statues I’d suggest are:
• Iraq war.
• Marriage equality — two statues, same sex.
• Animal rights — holding a “Go vegan” sign.
• Women — wearing a pussy hat and holding a “Grab them by the ballot box” sign.
• Climate change.
• Black Lives Matter.
I’d have them grouped as though they were all at the same protest, because in a sense they are, with the “Building an America as good its ideals” quote on a wall.
The Urban Trail information could note why the pigs and turkeys statues were there, and that today people protest the eating of animals.
The Urban Trail information could note the Vance Monument once stood there and that today people protest what the monument celebrated.
We aren’t canceling the past, just not celebrating it. We are celebrating building a better future.
— Lynda Cozart