Erasing History

Mankind’s history is marred by bloodshed, discrimination, and injustice. The buildings left behind by our forefathers often serve as reminders of our past behaviors. What should we do with the buildings that are associated with controversial activities? Should we demolish Monticello because it was built with the blood and sweat of slaves? Should we destroy the Capital of the Confederacy in Richmond because its builders were traitors and proponents of slavery? These are tough questions to answer, but in the end we must remember that we are talking about buildings. The architecture used for some of these buildings is astonishing and unmatched by anything we build today. The memories associated with some these structures may be troubling, but the buildings themselves are historical landmarks. These buildings can teach us about the past, and help us find ways to build a brighter future.

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