With social media creating a platform for the rapid spread of ideas, the 21st century has been a period of great social change in the United States. When the history books are written, this era will stand out as culturally significant on many levels, and largely due to the contributions of young, light-skinned Americans, who have led the charges of social change.
The recent phenomena of pulling down statues to afford young white people photo opportunities will stand tall among these cultural changes.
Let’s face it, once the lines of white kids who either watched or help tear these statues down and want photos or “selfies” with them work down, these bent-up, mangled, and broken hunks of bronze, iron, and concrete should be put on display in a museum to help represent the cultural contributions of young white people in the 21st century.
We can discuss any other possible merit of these statues all day, but does any of that really matter? This is the 21st century, and a progress movement and cultural shift can — and will — only be hampered by the notion that history should be allowed to stand in the way of the very selfie opportunities that will afford our youngest and most docile citizens social media “likes” and “thumbs up” feedback that is important to their development into successful, interdependent human beings.
What’s more, the “broken-statue photo” period may be the most inclusive of all the 21st century white cultural contributions. While also significant, Tebowing came with some level of religious exclusivity attached. In addition, “broken-statue photos” is better suited to young white people with stockier body types than “planking”, another earlier phenomenon. Because of their size, toppling statues and monuments is generally considered a team activity and is considerably less ableist than planking, since proper planking assumes some level of physical fitness.
It’s been argued in recent years that some of these monuments should have been put on display in museums, but the idea has been largely been immobilized by cost and the lack of young white photographs and selfies, as well as other, insignificant social and opinion related issues. Frankly, the cost and red tape involved with moving the statues would have been a blight on taxpayers. These helpful young citizens have solved the issue by eliminating the red tape and by removing the statues from pedestals themselves, as well as offering the statues some level of cultural importance by taking photos with the broken remains of the former monuments and plastering those photos across social media channels to gain a feeling of social importance. Prior to this, there was not a clearly defined significance to the monuments, aside from their presence in parks for decades prior. But, let’s face it, homeless people have been hanging around in parks for years, too, and no one wants to enshrine a dirty bum in a museum. This phenomenon is win-win for absolutely everyone involved.
I hope everyone joins me in the call to make sure these snarled-up hunks of bronze be properly put on display in museums to denote the cultural significance of white youths taking photographs with broken statues for social media likes.
Your individual state’s website should provide you with appropriate contact information for contacting state representatives who will certainly be glad to respond.


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