Throughout California, statues of controversial historical figures such as Junipero Serra and Christopher Columbus are being removed. This follows a trend across the nation to demolish what some consider symbols of racism, oppression, and injustice. Indigenous leaders have fought for decades against celebrating Serra and Columbus, who they see as having committed genocide against Native Americans. Others argue that destroying statues and monuments could silence some parts of history instead of expanding our knowledge of it. In this hour, we’ll dive into the debate over toppling statues and monuments as well as who we memorialize and why.
Activists Call For Better Understanding of History as Statues and Monuments Come Down
Greg Sarris, Tribal Chairman, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria; Endowed Chair of Creative Writing and American Indian literature, Sonoma State University.
Valentin Lopez, chairman, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
Adam Domby, history professor, College of Charleston and author of The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory
Damian Bacich, professor, San Jose State University; founder, The California Frontier Project