Statues, whether standing or being smashed to bits, don’t make history. They’re just symbols of history, of people and events that have already passed.
In other words, they’re just statues.
The ultimate reasoning behind their destruction is something that has been around for a long while now.
The U.S. is in an identity crisis. And it’s only at the beginning. It’s going to grow. But its impact should not be overstated. It’s an inevitable and natural stage in the evolution of American society, and of all maturing civilizations.
The internal struggle between what Americans want, need and value is a reflection of the young state that the country is in.
It’s only been 25 years that the U.S. has been the world’s only superpower, and it’s still trying to figure all this out. The nation is still trying to find its new identity and its place in the world.
Its actions abroad have been childish and barbaric. Its actions at home have lacked coherence. This barbarism, combined with its dominance, has garnered great hate both from abroad and within. That hate translates into self-contempt. The U.S. is right now in one of its cyclical periods of self-contempt.
The behaviour in the U.S. is exactly what you’d expect to see in a country in the early stages of being an empire. Like an adolescent struggling to find its identity and place in the world.