Bringing Down Monuments to Build Up New Histories

Topic: Confederate Monument Removal, Public History
Bringing Down Monuments to Build Up New Histories
Participants:  Daisy Ocampo, Ph.D., Historian.  Assistant Professor in California State University San Bernardino
Broadcast Air Date:
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
Station: KUCR 88.3 FM Riverside, CA
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Discussion Topics:

  • How is public memory created through public spaces?
  • How are communities challenging public monuments?
  • Why was Andrew Jackson called “Indian Killer?”
  • What is the historian perspective on the current movements to remove public monuments that are perceived as racist?
  • Public monuments are statements of power?
  • National monuments signal specific histories that are remembered but also specific histories that are suppressed.
  •  The physical narratives are being re-written to challenge the dominance of colonial histories.
  • How is history contested?
  • Why is the figure of Christopher Columbus celebrated in the United States if Columbus did not set foot on the land currently labelled as United States of America?
  • Are statues like textbooks in their historical function?
  • Why is Junipero Sera Celebrated in California? 
  • What isthe role of racial discourse in the analysis of public history?
  • For some people the statues represent heroes, while for others the same figures represent  terrorists.
  • What were the different reactions to writing on the cross on top of Mount  Rubidoux in Riverside?
  •  What was the name of  the indigenous village that resided at the base of the place currently called Mount Rubidoux?
  • Frank Miller and President Taft bought the property to place the cross on top of Mount Rubidoux?
  •  How do you decolonize places and monuments?
  • What is the difference between Whiteness, White Supremacy and White people?
  • What is the documented process of manufacturing Whiteness?

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