In a remarkably candid commentary in Glamour (August 12, 2018), feminist Samantha Willis applauds the efforts to pull down monuments and plaques honoring those whom she and her allies consider flawed historical figures. Even after these social warriors get rid of all those Confederate monuments that the Daughters of the Confederacy inconveniently erected (there used to be at least 400 of them), they will then have to go on to other wrecking tasks. Ms. Willis ends her article with this revealing paragraph:
Debates about historically and socially significant symbols will likely keep rolling through the country. Whether the monuments and flags stay up or come down, whether we rename roads and schools to reflect standards of our time instead of the past, it’s clear that women enrich this national dialogue. By sharing their diverse perspectives gleaned from a range of identities and life experiences, women play a critical role in contextualizing the ideals and people in American history that we choose to memorialize—and those that we won’t.
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