Classics Professor Lays Out Exactly Why Museums And Monuments Are Not The Same

A Canadian university professor took it upon himself to set the record straight regarding museums and monuments. Matthew Sears, a professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of New Brunswick, took to Twitter yesterday to school the general public on the difference between monuments and museums. Sears’ tweets came in response to a debate going on in Canada regarding the removal of a monument of Canada’s first prime minister, John A. MacDonald.

According to the Globe and Mail, the statue serves as a distasteful reminder of MacDonald’s hatred of Indigenous Canadians, as well as his implementation of the residential school system, which took Indigenous children from their parents and put them in a boarding school geared toward assimilating them into white Canadian culture. 

Sears joined the debate after columnist Andrew Lawton tweeted his opinion that he would “rather eradicate political correctness than history.”

Professor Sears offered a more thoughtful way of looking at the monument debate.

Not everyone agreed, however, that monuments are the culprit.

But most people applauded the professor’s thorough explanation.

Well done, professor!

H/T: Twitter, CBC