by Joel Pollak
Political movements become obsessed with destroying statues and renaming streets when they run out of other ideas.
I know this because I watched it happen in the early 2000’s in South Africa, where I lived for seven years — first as a grad student, then a freelance journalist, then a political speechwriter.
I lived in the heart of Cape Town’s Muslim community and volunteered several evenings a week as a tutor for high school students in Khayelitsha, a poor black township.
Many South African symbols and institutions had already been renamed in the mid-1990s as apartheid ended. The old blue-and-orange flag was replaced with a colorful standard that properly reflected the diversity of the “Rainbow Nation.” Read the rest HERE.