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Professor Downs' Op-Ed Published in SF Chronicle

Professor Greg Downs discusses the toppling of the Ulysses Grant statue in San Francisco and how we need to engage in more meaningful debates about history.

These past few months, protestors throughout the country have torn down problematic memorials of Confederate leaders and racist figures of our nation's past. San Francisco protestors' decision to topple 18th president Ulysses Grant confused many who have studied Grant's legacy as president and Union general during the Civil War.

Greg Downs argues that tearing down such memorials requires deep, meaningful discussion of which historical figures we should commemorate from our nation's troubled history. We need to discuss and debate the legacy of ambiguous figures such as Grant when judging memorials and resist the urge to act on reactionary propaganda.

Check out the article here.