Old 11th Jun 2020, 09:38
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Ripton
 
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Originally Posted by vlieger View Post
It doesn't take away from the fact that he was quite openly racist and a fan of eugenics, something which is not taught in school at all. He praised Hitler as well on various occasions. So you can see why some people are upset, surely? Also often forgotten is how Churchill after the war ended up quite a hated figure in the UK, with a Labour government sweeping to power and setting up the NHS. But all of this is very uncomfortable knowledge for a lot of people.
He may have been all of these things, I don't know my history well enough to give an opinion. I do know that just tearing down monuments and removing all traces of him would not help people to understand him for all that he was, good and bad. I don't believe that such a cleansing would diminish his standing but would instead save people from having to consider the "very uncomfortable truth".

People can only form a complete view of his character if they are presented with the full story.
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