The taking down of the monuments is a local issue. If the city decided they don't want it there anymore it is the right of the city to do so. It doesn't matter if it's a racist statue or a 20 foot dick.
Absolutely, but this isn't what is happening, and this isn't what we discussing. We are talking here about outsider activists coming in and pressuring, or sometimes just tearing it down themselves. At that point it becomes a clusterfuck of social signaling and displays of dominance between far right and far left groups.