The Lenin Statue
with William Pennington
I love the word Soviet, and I also love Soviet history. To me, the USSR represents an alternate reality that never should've happened but did. The Seattle Library has an interesting book containing all the artwork for the plays and concerts and shows that took place in Soviet Union. Really interesting book. Its called, simply, the Soviet Arts Poster.
In the recent biography of Yuri Gagarin, the first human ever in space, readers learn a lot about the social customs and everyday life of ordinary citizens, their scientific brethren, and their ignorant political overlords. If Lenin were in charge at that time, it would have been a much more interesting history.
Now that the Soviet Union is gone, their history has become a bit sentimental, and I appreciate some of what they had to offer, like the above mentioned history.
Of course, actually living in Soviet Russia must've been trying, if not one of the hardest things you'd ever do. I know why people protest this statue. It's a reminder to some of all the horrible things the Soviet Union had to offer. It's hard to make an argument against this thinking. People directly affected by the USSR feel differently than people who did not feel affected. I imagine the ones who protest this statue have a really damn good reason. Some just can't handle a symbol of the enemy in their own backyards, even if it is extremely interesting and historical, and I understand their outrage.
The question becomes what to do with it, if not here. I do have one idea. There is a area in Russia called Transnistria, which still won't let go of the past. Perhaps they might want to buy it. It is for sale, no?
I vote for the Lenin statue to stay here in Seattle, but it probably would fit in better in Transnistria, the one place where the statue would still call home and feel welcome.
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