We can still look to Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Finch as heroes—flawed mortals who did noble work and made America (or Maycomb, Alabama) better—without endorsing their personal prejudices. No doubt, 200 years from now, our own descendants will look back at us with shock at some of the things we believe today, so we should be careful only to measure judgment with the same mete by which we ourselves are prepared to be measured.
The RTD calls for the Davis statue to be removed from Monument Avenue. Okay. Douglass deserves to take his place.
I am convinced more than ever that the polarization in America is not between those who adopt one party moniker vs. another, but rather there are two segments of this culture at polar opposites based on the priority of essence vs. existence: the ontologists vs. the existentialists.