After the recent removal of statues by protesters around the world, London has called for a review while British activists have proposed the removal of statues of people such as Gladstone for "his family’s slave-owning past".
Given that many of the early American Presidents were slave-owners, are similar moves advocated by interest groups—especially interest groups that are form powerful lobbies? Conversely, has any politician said that the toppling of such figures (Washington and Jefferson topped this 2012 popularity poll) is a red-line that would 'legitimize' the use of further (military) force against protesters?
From recent news:
- Jefferson's statue is proposed to be removed;
- The same article also illustrates the George Washington University's statue of Washington being removed;
- This article describes a petition to rename the James Madison University.
At the same time, some of these presidents are also represented in the monetary system on different bills (and I don't see how one could remove the statue but keep the note intact). Further, this article notes Trump's tweets about the removal of statues, and Washington & Jefferson possibly coming under fire (though it sounds like hyperbole in his messages, quite possibly intended to galvanize his supporters).