Re: Removal vs. Destruction My thinking on this has evolved. I now agree with you. I don't think removal is inherently evil as long as it's not an attempt to hide/deny/forget the past. Your examples from Germany are good ones. So I'm not going to get my knickers in a twist over removal per se. Unfortunately, most people calling/marching/rioting for removal don't want removal to a place where the statuary serves an educational purpose. The folks doing the agitating are like revolutionaries in the strictest sense; they want change and don't care about/haven't planned for what will come after. For the most part, they want the statues to come down, be moved to a crate in a warehouse, and be forgotten forever. That's re-writing history in a way that's evil. It was in light of that motivation that I said removal vs. relocation was a distinction without a difference. I now regret that choice of words because I didn't make it clear that my statement was directed at folks who really just want to see all those statues melted down, scrubbed from the history books, and forgotten.