Public statues are being defaced, toppled or removed this summer, but the fight over symbols is not new, nor is it external to Davis. This city has had conflicts over symbols like the statue to Gandhi in Central Park, and over naming a street for Edward Teller, co-inventor of the hydrogen bomb.
Melissa M. Bender, a senior lecturer at UC Davis, has co-edited “Contested Commemoration in U.S. History: Diverging Public Interpretations,” a textbook with 11 essays on differences that go far beyond statues, involving movies during the Obama presidency, parks, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and a house in Chicago where members of the Black Panthers died during gunfire with police in 1969.
On the latest edition of the KDRT program “Davisville,” she talks about such disputes, and possible ways to resolve them.
“Davisville,” hosted by Bill Buchanan, is broadcast on KDRT-LP, 95.7 FM Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m., and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. The interview with Bender began airing Monday, will be broadcast through Aug. 2, and is available anytime at http://kdrt.org/davisville or on Apple podcasts.ShareTweet