Dr. Vivian Pin, National Cathedral, Charlottesville discussed on The Brookings Cafeteria


There are communities like Charlottesville newly aware of the implications of the memorials they have placed in their public spaces, and it is a great debate how to handle his memorials because their existence is actually also part of our history. We need not wipe out. The fact that we, for many years proclaims the grandeur of generals who fought a war to defend the ownership of human beings. So we don't wanna wipe out that history because it's important to recall that is how we saw our own history. There's a real role for historians in this time to talk about how we can fact check the public history while at the same time we're calling the ways in which we have told ourselves myths that were in fact very corrosive to the public good. And I think that those conversations are ongoing. So how do communities if they want to change the way that commemorate their own history without a some fear erasing it. Here's Andre Perry after Charlottesville. There's an interesting phenomenon university of. Jinya dedicated a building in the name of one of their first graduates. Vivian pin Dr. Vivian pin has a tremendous record in the medical community. She use a director and I h served as the head of many academic departments. She's a legend in the medical field. They named a building after, and I think it's not enough to just take confederate statues down what are we going to put up? What are we going to represent in their place? And so communities really do need to come together and think about what represents our democracy. Because clearly a confederate monument did not represent the moxie, but there are people and symbols that do and if time passes and we determined that those folks really did not then take them down, but clearly we can do better than confederate monuments. And also nessa Williams. So I was recently visiting the National Cathedral here in Washington DC, which is a cordial monument that brings together both Christian imagery but also imagery of American history. There are monuments to Lincoln, and there are monuments to Washington, and for a long time, there have been two stained glass windows that celebrated Robert Lee and stonewall Jackson. Well, after the events in Charlottesville the church voted to remove those windows and replace them. And if you visit the National Cathedral today, there are rows of utilise stained glass windows and two pieces of plywood. And so this is still a debate, right? What's going to go in that place? And I think both contextualising frankly, in some cases, simply removing monuments to the great gallantry of white supremacist army is a good idea, but that's not a task that's complete yet. Right? There's actually another monument even within the National Cathedral to Robert Lee. There's an embroidered nealer which you kneel on when you're in a pew, celebrates him alongside the Naylor's. Celebrate every president. The United States ever had alongside nealer for Harriet Tubman. So there's this interesting period of transition that we live in, and I think we both need to revise the way in which we call the confederacy in particular. But also we need to bring back in it enormous history that we have lost. If you visit Germany in train stations on public streets apartment buildings, there are plaques that recall the.

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