The crisis forces us to confront the scourge of racism
Those who think statues do not need to be taken down are complicit in upholding institutional racism. Statues are a performance of soft power. Having them up in our streets sends a clear message to the citizens of this country about their relative importance. Their impact on race relations is felt in the lived experience of our minority communities, and the everyday micro aggressions they suffer at the hands of white communities. It is also felt in the lopsided poverty, police profiling, imprisonment and abuse faced by minority groups. Proponents include Black Lives Matter.