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Op-Ed: We Should Think Differently About the Preservation of Racist Monuments

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Landecker Fellow Tsione Wolde-Michael wrote an Op-Ed for Hyperallergic, a forum for thinking about art in the world today. Tsione tackled the issue of preserving of racist monuments in the context of museums in the United States. In recent history, racist statues and monuments, particularly the removal of them, have become symbols of the fight against white supremacy. These statues reinforce the racism that these people embodies and perhaps inadvertently celebrates their impact on society. However, Tsione explores a different side of these statues, the history of their defamation and destruction. She points out that there has been a tradition of defamation and destruction implying that these statues are also a part of anti-racist histories. This further complicates the decisions that museum curators have to make: what pieces of history to conserve and showcase? Tsione describes the different considerations that curators need to think about when deciding which pieces to not only acquire but conserve. Read the full article here.

Tsione is one of thirty Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.