"Statues symbolize what we value. What do we want to celebrate?"

Jun 18, 2020

The fallen Christopher Columbus statue outside the Minnesota State Capitol after a group led by American Indian Movement members tore it down in St. Paul, Minnesota, on June 10, 2020.
Credit Tony Webster/Flickr

Statues and monuments are getting push back - and sometimes, push over - as people challenge what they percieve as public honors for figures guity of racism, genocide and more.

But many that oppose the removal of these monuments say protestors are trying to erase history.

Dr. Scott Laderman is a professor of history at UMD and he says he's not a matter of erasing history; it's about challenging how histories are told.