Remove historic statues? Yes, because myths can’t stand in place for truths. | Opinion

By Brian Regal Is removing a statue erasing history? No, it is not erasing history, because statues are mythology, not history. Mythology is a way of remembering the past that tries to avoid the messy reality and give us only images we like. I fix mythology for a living. It’s part of what I do as a historian and educator. I examine popular stories and legends and I try to show what’s going on, or where they come from.There are those who are appalled by the spate of statue removals and destructions, and attempts to rename military bases going on across the country. Don’t be upset. Mythology is …

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