Protest becomes its own justification

John Cooney, Cowwarr


AS one who has great respect for Wellington Shire councillor Carolyn Crossley and her commitment to public service, I cannot share her views on the Angus McMillan controversy.

A problem with the prevailing spirit of protest is that the protest becomes its own justification.

The protest becomes the focus and any substantial issues are obscured.

Certainly, black lives matter, but does this mean that other lives don’t matter?

There is something surreal about the proposal to dismantle Angus McMillan monuments.

The disruption caused by efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic was based on an understanding that all lives matter.

It is difficult to see how esoteric attempts to rewrite history can advance this understanding.