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Publication - Dr Joanna Burch-Brown

    Is it wrong to topple statues and rename schools?

    Citation

    Burch-Brown, J, 2017, ‘Is it wrong to topple statues and rename schools?’. Journal of Political Theory and Philosophy, vol 1., pp. 59-88

    Abstract

    In recent years, campaigns across the globe have called for the removal of objects symbolic of white supremacy. This paper examines the ethics of altering or removing such objects. Do these strategies sanitize history, destroy heritage and suppress freedom of speech? Or are they important steps towards justice? Does removing monuments and renaming schools reflect a lack of parity and unfairly erase local identities? Or can it sometimes be morally required, as an expression of respect for the memories of people who endured past injustices; a recognition of this history’s ongoing legacies; and a repudiation of unjust social hierarchies?

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