The statue is a celebration of the incredible feats of …

Comment on Is the Stuart statue next? by John Bell.

The statue is a celebration of the incredible feats of an individual in a foreign land. His achievements are based on well documented, verifiable facts. In every race, in every culture there are individuals whose exploratory achievements are equally worthy of recognition.
These achievements first and foremost must be recognised for what they are. Individual brilliance.
They should not be seen primarily through the racially stereotyped prism. All that does is promote the petty politics of different cultures as though it is some sort of cultural competition.
Fairminded people of all races and cultures genuinely recognise these individuals of whatever race. Historians, elders and all interested students of Aboriginal and TI cultures should do their due diligence research of any individual they think deserves recognition, and then lobby to get a statue erected, as with Stuart and Cook. Advocating to tear down existing statues to these blokes just looks petty and meanspirited.

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