Tech investor: Time to dump Lenin statue in Seattle

By Art Moore

Lenin statue in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood

Lenin statue in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood

As many American cities eliminate Confederate monuments amid a wave of protests, a tech venture capitalist is asking if it’s time to pull down a 16-foot tall statue of communist dictator Vladimir Lenin in a Seattle neighborhood that has become a tech hub, with offices for Google and Adobe and the headquarters of Getty Images, among others.

Benedict Evans of Andreessen Horowitz, which invests in companies such as Airbnb and Lyft, says that if “one wanted to pull down statues of profoundly evil people,” the Lenin statue in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood should be on the list, reported GeekWire.

Evans tweeted about the statue to his 224,000 followers on Tuesday, noting Lenin was “responsible for uncountable human suffering.”

Activists regularly apply red paint to the bronze statue to signify the “blood on the hands” of the founder of the Soviet Union.

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The statue was brought to the U.S. after being toppled during the 1989 revolution that overthrew the Communist Party in the former Czechoslovakia.

Defenders of the statue see it as ironic, particularly in the context of the quirky Fremont neighborhood. Known for its hippies and artists, Fremont’s motto is “De Libertas Quirkas,” the freedom to be peculiar. A giant statue of a troll sits under a major bridge, the annual summer solstice parade features nude bicyclists, and a cast aluminum sculpture at a bus stop of six people and a dog, called “Waiting for the Interurban,” is regularly dressed up by locals in a variety of apparel.

The Seattle Times noted in a 2015 story on the Lenin statue that it is “loved and hated — and very Fremont.” The eight-ton bronze was brought to Seattle from Poprad, Slovakia, by a Click to see the original article