John Oliver on Confederate monuments and remembering history

Here’s yet another excellent segment from HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, this one about Confederate monuments and their connection to history. As usual he makes interesting points, and he does so very entertainingly. If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, skip ahead to the 19 minute mark. Oliver’s suggestions for new monuments in excellent:


Oliver makes a point I’ve made before myself (but of course he does it better): People who think that relocating the statues amounts to “erasing history” might want to reflect on how Confederate monuments themselves distort history by celebrating the people defending slavery and not those who fought against it, not to mention the slaves themselves.

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