Swept up in global anti-racism protests, dozens of historical statues have been knocked off their pedestals in recent weeks, sometimes after being defaced, beheaded or set on fire.
Attacks on these monuments have sparked a global conversation about history and the sins of the past. For many people of color especially, monuments of imperialist leaders are hurtful because they serve as a reminder of a systemic oppression that continues to this day.
But others liken taking down the figures to censoring the past and erasing history. And some argue that the entire statue debate distracts from the more pressing cause of fighting racial inequality.
Now that so many monuments have come down, there are also questions over what to do with them. (📹: Al Jazeera)