There seems to be a rash of people wishing to remove or destroy statues , mainly of historical figures who once were greatly revered but not so much now. Most recently in the USA but a few are under review in UK and I think Captain Cook is in danger in Australia.
Have been in the art world a long time I can tell you there is nothing apart from installations that inflame opinion more than sculpture. Painting can gather criticism but that extra dimension of sculpture cannot it seems be ignored.
However the fury of critique centred on these historical sculptures has nothing to do with their artistic worth. Their historic iconography is being rejected, they are perceived as symbolic of great injustice to some group that feel the sculpture is celebrating that injustice and suffering, I think they are wrong. Firstly, how ever much we might like to, we cannot rewrite history. History is where the truth is, what happened happened and distance allows us see the whole picture. We should remember everything that was done, good and bad in the hope we learn from it. Better that we should look at a statue of some ,leader once venerated but now questioned, we should know what they did and how they did it. We need to study these figures with our 21st century sensibilities and judge them, work out better ways to do things. I feel the statue topplers are misguided, we don't want to forget these people we really need to remember and make sure their methods and some of their beliefs are not repeated.