A tweet about Confederate statues is resonating with hundreds of thousands of people.
Jamil Smith, a Los Angeles-based writer who has contributed to The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Daily Beast, had a great response to those who believe the removal of Confederate statues will “erase” history.
All these folks worried about erasing history when the Confederate statues come down will be thrilled to learn about the existence of books.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 16, 2017
Smith’s tweet, which has received over 200,000 likes and 73,000 retweets, also received its fair share of funny responses that further proved his point.
We only learn from statues. This is how I learned about Rocky. pic.twitter.com/1sI9zCZ1Vb— Travis Von Rotz (@Travishaha) August 17, 2017
I only know about ducks because I saw that giant rubber one on TV that one time.— Michelle (@Songbird_7_) August 17, 2017
That's how I learned about president Walt Disney and his quirky side kick Mickey Mouse pic.twitter.com/CerVG3Turj— jesse l. garcia jr. (@fromanothermind) August 17, 2017
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump gave a shocking press conference in which he defended people who attended a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one woman dead on Saturday.
The rally, called “Unite the Right,” was organized to protest the removal of a statue commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
During his remarks at Trump Tower, the president argued that taking down Confederate statues, like Lee’s, could lead to the removal of statues of other historical figures like George Washington or Thomas Jefferson.
Apparently those worried about history being “erased” haven’t heard about museums, either.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.