In fact, just yesterday, the Sierra Club denounced their founder, and California environmental leader, John Muir, due to his alleged racist comments he made over 130 years ago.
We have seen unruly mobs, and even elected politicians, destroy or remove statues of Father Serra, Teddy Roosevelt, George Washington, and even Abraham Lincoln, due to some alleged politically insensitive comment or act done by these historical figures over a hundred or hundreds of years ago.
Nobody who ever walked this earth, with the exception of Jesus Christ, was perfect, and without sin or misdeed, in either comment, or action. If we are to remove every single statue or monument honoring a great figure of American history, and demand that only a "perfect" person who has never misspoke or acted improper take their place, we will be left with no monuments or public works at all, to honor our great country.
Ironically, it is the Democrats who are currently leading this charge to remove and destroy our monuments and statues, as the Democrats use to be the party that fought for freedom of speech and freedom of opinions.
Democrats, before you destroy John Muir, George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, you better take a hard look at your own historical figures, as they certainly are not immune from inappropriate comment.
Senator Joe Biden in 2006 stated on "Meet the Press", "The world is going to Hades in a handbasket. Marriage is between a man and a woman". Senator Biden, back in his first term in office in the 1970's, actually stated, "Homosexuals working for the Federal Government is a security threat".
During a 2004 Senate campaign stop, Obama stated, "Marriage is between a man and a woman. We have a set of traditions that need to be preserved".
There are currently more public schools in California named after Cesar Chavez than George Washington. However, in a 1972 San Francisco television interview, Cesar Chavez used the term "wet back" to attack illegal aliens coming from Mexico and taking jobs away from his Union, and in a 1974 NY Times article it was reported that his union "beat the hell" out of anyone entering illegally, as he stated, "Yes, there was a union wet line along the border and it cost us a lot of money and we stopped out illegals". If we are going to follow this precedent of removing names from public institutions or monuments in which the person ever made an inappropriate comment or improper action, than those schools certainly need to be renamed, and we need to eliminate the state holiday named in his honor as well.
In his 1995 State of the Union address, President Clinton stated, "All Americans are rightly disturbed by the large number of illegal aliens entering our country. The public services they use impose burdens on our tax payers".
The list goes on and on, as nobody, except Jesus Christ, is perfect, all of the time, in words and deeds.
Please, before you destroy or remove a statue or public monument, honoring a great American historical figure, due to some alleged inappropriate comment or deed, consider the facts noted above. The statue or monument does not suggest this person was perfect, without sin or misdeed, but rather there was something special, of historical significance, that overall bettered our great nation, and that is what we need to honor.