Imagine you’re driving along the road and someone cuts you up. I suspect you at least thought about swearing. Maybe thought about leaning on the horn. Did you think about writing a letter to the newspaper asking people to drive more carefully?
Now, imagine you arrive at work and find a parking space, but just as you are lining up someone takes the space. I suspect more of you now think you’d swear, lean on the horn. Maybe even get out and confront the driver. How many of you genuinely think you would forgive that person?
Now, imagine when you get into work your manager announces the board have approved your idea, only the announcement calls it your manager’s idea. Some of you are potentially still calm and polite but I suspect most of you aren’t.
Now imagine it happening every day for the rest of your life.
And your children’s life.
And then they put up statues to the white guy who cut you up, the white guy who stole your space, and the white guy you stole your idea. And when you and all the other people they did the same to complain society tells you the statues commemorate significant people in the area, so you’re all overreacting.
Destruction of a statue isn’t the most perfect moral act in existence. But I understand why it happened.
And generations of institutional racism are inarguably not moral in the slightest.