Statue is not the historical record

Re: “Victoria council votes 7-1 to remove Macdonald statue, concerns raised,” Aug. 10.

The statue removal helps publicize a more accurate and broader view of Canada’s history. It sheds light not only on the past, but on the deeply negative effects that past actions still have today.

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Statues celebrate figures from the past based on what we value today. Racism and cultural genocide might have been OK back then, but honouring that won’t help us move forward together.

A statue is not the historical record. Removing it is a small but positive step toward desperately needed reconciliation of our past wrongs. Time for John to go.

Mark Roseman

Victoria

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