George Floyd's face is projected onto the Gen. Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, VA a month after he was killed by a police officer. Who Owns America’s History? The Answer will Define What Replaces Fallen Monuments. January 2021.
In May of 2020, Americans were outraged as a Black man named George Floyd was murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis. In the wake of George Floyd’s death, there has been sustained movement for the removal of public art and recognition of historical figures who held Black Americans in subjugation or treated their humanity with contempt. Americans tore down symbols of the Confederacy and white supremacy and pushed for schools named after Confederates to be changed. This story examines passive relics of America’s racist past, the dynamic changing of these landscapes, and who we honor going forward.