Read "not PC enough for me on the race
question" when someone is described by someone else as 'racist'....
"Your" Founding Father is someone else's "racist".
Have to admit I'm in favour of the 'revisionist' argument, but only where it is explanatory, not when it involves erasure.
I mean, everyone thought Prince Andrew was a great guy - until they didn't....
'Mad' King George we now believe suffered from a rare illness that caused his delusional state and weird behaviours. But for 200 years he was just 'Mad' King George.
I'd be happy if a Washington
statue pointed out in the explanatory text at the base that he had been a slave owner, that this was consideed OK at the time, but is no longer. Then point out the 'founding father' stuff.
We have a similar issue over here with Captain
Cook. Great navigator. Not so great on race
relations. Aborigines = 0; Hawaiians = 1; Cook = debatable.
Again, revised explanatory text on the base of the statue I think would be fine to put the erection of the statue in historic context.
But as someone pointed out on another thread elsewhere, there was a guy described as beating his wife to a pulp then dragging her home by one leg, who had a headland on Sydney
harbour named after him. Yeah, Bennelong, was his name.
So if a statue of Bennelong (best known Aborigine of the Eora people of Sydney
, friend/slave to Gov Phillip, travelled to England
, met the King etc) was proposed, it might need to include something about Aboriginal culture being a bit misogynist at the time, and wife-bashing being commonplace, at the time.
Arguably, based on the domestic violence stats in indigenous communities, not much has changed. Arguably...
I was taught at university that the point of history
(and the study of History) is to learn from our mistakes
Given what's happening in Poland
at the moment, and in Turkey
and other authoritarian-governed states, I'm not so sure that we have...
Back in the day, those opposed to the sacking of the Whitlam govt by Gov/Gen John Kerr were pleased to buy dunny rolls (bog rolls, TP) with the name and or face of Whitlam's nemesis, Malcolm Fraser, on them. Recently, someone gave me a roll of Donald Trump TP. Plus ca change....
Speaking of TP, does anyone remember the famous John Wayne TP joke?
In London, south-Asian feller goes into his local corner shop, bag of bog rolls in hand and complains (in lilting South Asian accent) that the product is deficient as it is "John Wayne Toilet Paper".
The Asian store owner asks: "What do you mean, John Wayne toilet paper?"
The customer replies: "It don't take no **** from no Indian!"
A little COVID-crisis jockule for yez all....