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How do we think about removing controversial statues in the US?
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There are more urgent areas that need reform

By hyper-focusing on a relatively minor issue, protestors waste time and resources that could meet more urgent needs for reform.
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The Argument

The statue removal movement is a distraction from far more important issues. Instead of rallying for statue removal, activists should focus on issues that actively harm the Black community. For example, there is considerable evidence that minorities are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus and that the criminal justice system disproportionately sentences people of color to the death penalty. [1][2] Also, these protests were sparked by the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, to name a few. Activists should be focusing on issues directly related to these injustices, like gun control and qualified immunity, which often protect police officers from facing legal consequences for their actions. [3] The statue removal movement is misguided because it hyper focuses on the minor issue of controversial monuments while there are more serious problems harming the Black community. In light of these problems, it is clear that the statue removal movement distracts public attention from more pressing injustices.

Counter arguments


[P1] Controversial statues do not pose the greatest threat to minorities. [P2] Other areas of society in need of reform are more urgent and more directly related to the injustices that sparked this movement. [P3] It is unwise to focus on a minor issue while there are more serious, and more pertinent ones that need solving.

Rejecting the premises


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