Education and democracy can help address monuments that are a reminder of racist pasts

“Last August, a statue of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, was toppled in downtown Montréal by a group of activists following a protest march. “People were tired of waiting for it to be removed,” said one protestor. “In Canada, racism can be polite and covert and this statue was a symbol for people who still have Macdonald’s way of thinking. The statue was an open wound.”

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