Focus on the future of Richmond’s children
“You can’t change history, but you can learn from it.”
The statues on Monument Avenue represent a time in history that was important to our state and to our country. It represented a time that none of us, and none of those on either side of the conflict, would ever want to repeat again. It almost destroyed our country and wasted so many lives on both sides. Hundreds of thousands died. But at last slavery was abolished.
We all have heard the expression, “Those who forget history are destined to repeat it.” These are simple but wise words. This is why I, as a Jew, don’t want the concentration camps of Europe to be turned into lovely parks for a Sunday picnic. And this also is why our history, no matter how tragic and flawed, must be remembered and taught, so those who come after us can be better and do better and understand the value of freedom for every generation. Our children don’t want to see us worn and angry and hating each other. They deserve a better legacy from us.
As for the statues, they are witnesses of history, there to remind us that we never have to lose our way again. This is my proposal and my wish: Instead of destroying history as if it never happened, instead of paying millions to destroy what we all should remember, let us do something constructive for our city. Let us take the money that would have been spent on a few statues, and turn it