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Across America And Abroad: Symbols Of White Supremacy Come Down

A woman poses in front of a decapitated statue of Christopher Columbus viewed at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston Massachusetts on June 10, 2020.
A woman poses in front of a decapitated statue of Christopher Columbus viewed at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston Massachusetts on June 10, 2020.

Since the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, America has once again had to grapple with its racism, both present and past. The recent protests have once again surfaced the debate over  removal of Confederate statues and other symbols of white supremacy.

Some government leaders have brought these monuments down quietly and in the dead of night. In other instances, it’s been community protesters who have torn  Confederate generals from their pedestals, and to the cheers of a crowd.

But it’s not just happening here in the U.S.

Protesters in Europe are also toppling their symbols and monuments to colonists and slave traders.

Can racial justice move forward without first looking back? Or should removing monuments take a backseat to policy change?

Find a database of public symbols of the Confederacy from the Southern Poverty Law Center here.

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