Rhymes & Reasons
About Those Monuments
by Greg Asimakoupoulos
Posted: June 27, 2020
Why attempts to revise history are risky…
Statues are being taken down across America, some officially, others by angry mobs. Not all were tributes to Confederate generals in the South. This photo shows a statue of Thomas Jefferson, torn down at Portland High School in Oregon.
So what about those monuments?
When is enough enough?
When will our reach exceed our grasp of truth?
If markers of our sullied past
aren't worth preserving, then
how will we teach kids history? Forsooth!
Are four white faces carved within
the Black Hills doomed as well?
Because both George and Tom had slaves back then?
And just because old Borglum
had some racist tendencies,
should what he did be banned because of sin?
In Germany the Nazi camps
still stand (amazingly).
They call to mind what we dare not forget.
Attempts to wipe out what took place
aren't honest. They're contrived.
It's something that I frankly just don't get.
These monuments spark memories
that give us cause to teach.
They're symbols of both glory and of shame.
Plus who decides what is torn down,
or which ones will remain?
Revising history is a reckless game.
In Europe we find evidence
of grandeur and of ill.
Antiquities bear witness to the past.
I can't imagine tearing down
such priceless works of art
that call to mind deep wounds that always last.
Editor's Note (July 1): In our local paper todayaddressed the monuments issue. It first appeared as his "Daily Memo" in the Washington Examiner on June 22.
Greg Asimakoupoulos (pronounced AWESOME-uh-COPE-uh-less) is an ordained minister, published author and a freelance news reporter with the Salem Radio Network. Greg maintains a weekly column called Rhymes and Reasons on The Partial Observer, which he graciously provides to SeniorLifestyle.
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