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controversial statues in the united states
Controversial statues in the united states: Statues have been used for a long time as a means of honoring leaders, benefactors, and heroes, and war dead. They give them permanence and a 3D appearance.
Through the years, they’ve become a variety of things to various people, such as a way to keep a memory, a work of art, or simply an opportunity for pigeons to have a place to roost.
However, more and more of those statues, especially those that honor Confederate winners or leaders and those that are associated with slavery, have become a focal point for many people — taken away or destroyed due to the suffering, pain, or oppression that they symbolize.
This movement has ebbed and changed over time but recently gained momentum following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in May, with statues being taken down by protesters, private, or government organizations.
Some people are not convinced that these historic representations must be removed. Trump and Pompeo have both criticized the removal of these statues. Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have denounced “rioters” for pulling down the statues.
Trump has even issued his own executive order that protects monuments as well as statues and memorials and has tweeted about the possibility of jailing protesters for up to 10 years.
“I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue, or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison,” the president tweeted on the 23rd of June.