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Time to retire the Father Serra statue in Washington?
Time to retire the Father Serra statue in Washington?

Deciding which historical figures to honor is a complicated business. The U.S. Capitol is full of statues of slaveholders and Confederate leaders and killers of Indians, yet we don't automatically remove them because, well, our history is our history, even when it's embarrassing. And just because someone was a product of his (or, less likely, her) time and did things that are unimaginable today doesn't necessarily mean that he or she was entirely without merit or deserves to be wiped out of the historical record like a purged Soviet commissar. Which brings us to Father Junipero Serra, the Franciscan priest who founded nine missions from San Diego to San Francisco during the...

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