The war on statues, symbols, names, is still continuing, and here is a list of some
of the latest developments:
- A statue of Kit Carson was removed in Denver on June 26 due to Carson serving in the Indian Wars.
- Statues of Christopher Columbus were removed in New Haven, Philadelphia, Providence, Newark, Denver, and Norwalk, Connecticut.
- A statue of Thomas Jefferson was removed from the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
- The Forward Statue was pulled down by protesters in Madison, Wisconsin, apparently over the arrest of a black man (according to one of the protesters).
- The John C. Calhoun Monument was removed in Charleston, South Carolina.
- A statue of Hans Christian Heg (a Union soldier and anti-slavery activist) in Madison, Wisconsin was torn down by protesters and thrown into Lake Monona. The protesters claim they tore the statue down over allegations of Wisconsin being a racially unjust state.
- A Civil War Monument in Denver was torn due to it including a list of battles of the Indian Wars.
- The Dixie Chicks are renaming themselves the Chicks, even though the new name might be considered sexist to some people.
- The Walt Disney Company will be renaming its Splash Mountain rides in its parks to the New Adventures with Princess Tiana due to the former name including depictions from Disney’s Song of the South.
- Depictions from The Princess and the Frog (of which Princess Tiana is the main character) will replace the former depictions.
- Producers of the television series The Simpsons announced that white actors and actresses would no longer provide the voices of non-white characters.
- A man named Anthony Weimer was arrested for pulling down a Ten Commandments monument in Kalispell, Montana. His motive is yet to be determined.
- Unilever has announced it will no longer use the terms “whitening”, “lightening”, and “fair” in regards to its products. L’Oreal is making similar changes to its products, while Johnson & Johnson will be pulling its two skin-whitening product lines from Asia and replace them with band-aides that match other skin colors.
- The University of Oregon and Oregon State University will no longer use the term “Civil War” as the name of the football rivalry between the two schools.
Meanwhile, there are calls for the following removals or name changes by the
left, and here are some of them:
- Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo issued an executive order removing the phrase “and Providence Plantations” from all official state documents and symbols, despite Providence Plantations not having any slaves.
- Democrats in Orange County passed a resolution calling for the county’s John Wayne Airport to be renamed over racist remarks the late actor allegedly made during an interview with Playboy Magazine in 1971.
- Activist Shaun King has called for the removal of statues, murals, and stained glass windows depicting Jesus, claiming they represent white supremacy.
Needless to say, this war on statues, symbols, names, etc. has gone too far.