I understand the passion from people who have lived through terrible regimes to pull down and smash statues. I can understand how black people want to remove statues of their oppressors of the past. I think there may be some statues in my own city that could now be removed.
The new white race to inhabit Australia took over Aboriginal land and treated the indigenous appalling. It stole their rights to hunt in their traditional lands. It stole their half caste children to be housed in Christian religious missions. A group of hundreds were driven off a South Australian cliff to their deaths onto the rocks and rough seas of the Great Australian Bight. In my own city they were given poisoned flour to make their damper bread.
Does recognising the wrongs of our past make us Woke? It seems we Woke are judged thus.
It is ironic that the mission education for the stolen children was so good that they went on to be eloquent speakers to defend the rights of their people.
But the statues are part of our history and I don't like seeing history destroyed. Slave traders are also part of history.
Hungary seems to have the right idea. A graveyard of removed statues. They can still be seen. They are part of the country's history. They could have been destroyed, but no, they are in a graveyard and you can still see them.
Isn't that a good idea for how to deal with fallen heroes?
Getty Images: Fallen Russian president. I wouldn't mind seeing a more modern version of a fallen Russian president.
Later edit: YP is a smart enough bloke, mostly. Here is his take on woke written early in 2021