Dear editor: We are not re-writing history, we are ‘righting’ history

“[…] A standing committee should be established to review the names of streets, parks, etc on an ongoing basis in order to ensure that the persons who are honoured with statues, street names, etc are truly deserving of such honours…”

The following letter to the editor on calls to remove the Christopher Columbus statue from Port of Spain was submitted to Wired868 by Louis Winston Williams of Maharaj Trace, Freeman Road, St Augustine:

Image: Portrait of Christopher Columbus.

It is my considered view that  statues and any other honours to Christopher Columbus should be removed. It is absurd to have parks, streets, etc honouring or celebrating notorious persons. Would we agree to a park honouring ‘Boysie’ Singh?

We are wiser now regarding the misdeeds of Columbus and, therefore, must not play ostrich. We are not re-writing history, we are ‘righting’ history.

All the statues should be removed and placed in a museum with proper pamphlets, signage, etc explaining his misdeeds to visitors. The museum could establish a sort of notoriety corner where other similar materials would be located.

A standing committee should be established to review the names of streets, parks, etc on an ongoing basis in order to ensure that the persons who are honoured with statues, street names, etc are truly deserving of such honours.

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