The following is a transcript of a report from "Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson." Watch the video by clicking the link at the end of the page.
2020 will be remembered as a year of change. But some historical markers of change, may not survive the year. Lisa Fletcher went to Boston to see how that historic town is dealing with erasing history.
Lisa Fletcher: In one of the nation’s oldest cities, statues and memorials abound. From political leaders to sporting greats, they span Boston’s nearly 400-year history. But visit today and you’ll find something missing, empty space where a towering historic figure once stood.
(video shows the foundation of a statue)
Mike Wenzke: Well, this is Christopher Columbus. Protestors here a few weeks ago took off the head.
Lisa: Mike Wenzke owns and operates the Revolutionary Story Tour, walking visitors through the city’s historic past.
Wenzke: Christopher Columbus, historically, has always been an example of a brave explorer who sort of defied the conventions of his day, explored the unknown, and discovered a new world, making all of this possible.
Lisa: That narrative now being challenged across the nation by many who feel the explorer is actually a symbol of conquest, death, and slavery. Across Boston in Lincoln Square, the nation’s sixteenth president and the emancipation proclamation are memorialized in a statue that shows Lincoln and either a crouching slave or rising man, it depends on who you ask.
Soon this statue will be taken down after a vote by the city’s art commission. For many cities in the South, this has been an even busier statue removing year, as memorials to confederate leaders, political and military, have been coming down. While, in New York, it’s President Teddy Roosevelt on horseback flanked by Native American and African American men that’ll soon be gone.
Back in Boston, America’s first president is also being debated, because George Washington, whilst a revolutionary hero, was also a prominent slave owner. Passers-by have strong opinions.
Mike: I mean, everyone's entitled to their opinion. I still think they should be up because otherwise you're just running from history.
Gamal: I think that's a reckoning with our history that is long overdue. We put up monuments to people who are, for lack of a better term, slavers, and rapists, and genocidal maniacs.
Wenzke: We have the best people watching in the city.
Lisa: And for Mike, the walking tour guide, statues and monuments aren’t nearly as important as the history and facts they point to.
Wenzke: The challenge of history, the beauty of history, the whole art form of history, is how do you interpret those facts; and with a statute, without a statue, I can give people history.
Стефан Стефанов says
It is very ugly and stupid to hide history. Every person, good or bad, from the human value system, which has left a mark in the development of his nation or epoch, must be present in our time in order to think and draw conclusions about what is good and which is bad!
If 1 wishes to control the future, 1 must control the past. In school we studied Darwin and Von Humboldt was ignored 1 remains ignorant of the past. Peace...1N1S1.
Our history has been under attack for decades. The first Euro revisionist history text book was published in the 1890s,
The first American revisionist was published in the 193os and its author was Charles Beard.
Our dictionaries are also being revised. Over the past few decades, the term myth went from something to describe the stories of the Ancient Greek & Roman gods and goddesses, among similar stories for other cultures. Now it is most commonly used to describe Christianity along with fairy tale.
These people have no consideration and obviously no appreciation for the artistic efforts in creating such stupendous works of art. It's mind-boggling that they are being catered to. Who are they to take offense to historical relics? Soon there will be no reason to visit cities like Boston just to see empty spaces. This needs to stop. They are systematically destroying our heritage. Are they planning to replace these relics with plastic Burning Man Polar Bears constructed by losers? What a travesty.
By destroying our heritage, they are destroying our past. and therefore, they are destroying America. I have several quotes which bear out my claim.
"To destroy a people, you must first destroy their roots".
Question: "How does one sever a people's roots"?
Answer: "Destroy its memory. Deny a people the knowledge of who they are and where they came from".
- Alexander Solzenitsyn
I'm wondering if the people wanting the statues destroyed are willing to delete the photos they took while destroying them? Delete their selfies, their mixed media chronicles of their adventures as a compromise, a trade of sorts. See how they like that. Wipe them out online....a sort of digital death. They can tell us all about their crusades with no props.