This Statue Maybe Shouldn't Have Been Felled

GIBBSVILLE, Wisconsin — During demonstrations in Madison, Wisconsin, last month, protesters tore down the statue of Civil War soldier Hans Christian Heg along with Forward, an 1893 monument commemorating progress in Wisconsin. While attempting to film the demonstrations, Democratic state Sen. Tim Carpenter was beaten up by the crowd. This violence, on the evening of June 24, was spurred on by police arresting a protester who had walked into a restaurant with a baseball bat and bullhorn.

The protester had been taking part in the protests over the police killing of George Floyd, and the reaction by his peers seemed to confirm one of the main critiques of the protests: a penchant for indiscriminate destruction driven in part by historical ignorance.

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