So, We Might Need to Rename Everything: America’s Problem with Memorializing Racists

People in a park look at a graffiti-covered statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee on a horse.
A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia. | Zach Gibson/Getty Images

In recent weeks, following the anti-racist protests of the past month, there has been a dramatic increase in people, companies and institutions working to distance themselves from racist legacies and figures of their pasts.

Commercial products have been renamed, some university buildings are undergoing name changes, and…