A growing number of people on social media are calling for the removal of Communist dictator Vladimir Lenin’s statue in Seattle.
Many social media users, from a prominent Seattle venture capitalist to the estimated 900 people who follow the Facebook group Seattle, Tear Down This Lenin Statue! are calling for Lenin’s statue to be removed.
“If one wanted to pull down statues of profoundly evil people, responsible for uncountable human suffering, this one might be on the list,” tweeted venture capitalist Benedict Evans, whose Twitter presence boasts 224,000 followers:
If one wanted to pull down statues of profoundly evil people, responsible for uncountable human suffering, this one might be on the list https://t.co/YBlzS9Hv8i
— Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) August 15, 2017
Some people defended the statue’s presence in Fremont.
The calls for the statue’s removal come after protesters pulled down a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina, Monday and city officials in Baltimore, Maryland, removed four Confederate statues.
The Seattle Times reports that the Lenin statue was installed in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle in the early 1990s as a public art display after a Seattle man purchased the 16-foot statue following the fall of the Soviet Union.
Those who went against communism during Lenin’s reign were subject to arrest, persecution, violence, intimidation, and execution.
More than 90 million innocent people died under Lenin’s watch, including Roman Catholic priests and others who dared to go against Bolshevik thought.
The meaning behind the statue has caused a stir on Reddit, where people commenting on the “the donald” subreddit say that liberals are hypocrites for allowing a statue of someone responsible for the murder of millions of innocents to stand while calling for the removal of Confederate statues.
One protester painted the statue’s hand red to make a statement about the blood on the dictator’s hands:
— Texaner in London (@texanerinlondon) August 15, 2017
The town, however, does not look like it plans to destroy the statue anytime soon.
The Fremont neighborhood website states that the art installation “outlasts politics” and represents 20 years of controversy.
“The presence of this sculpture has evoked a wide range of responses,” Fremont’s website states. If art is supposed to make us feel, not just feel good, then this sculpture is a successful work of art. The challenge is to understand that this piece means different things to different people and to learn to listen to each other and respect different opinions. From an artists [sic] standpoint, all points of view are valid and important.”