I share your anger and find myself having trouble regulating my emotions when I hear/read idiots saying/writing stupid shit.
Will choking them and beating them change their minds? No. But that's what goes through my mind when I hear it.
One small quibble though, I think the statue is key. If it stays up, the deniers win. It has become an emblem, a symbol, for the gross institutional negligence that makes us so angry.
How can PSU claim to be on the right track with that statue still out there? It can't.
But he grew old, this knight so bold / And upon his heart a shadow / Fell as he found / No spot on the ground / That looked like El Dorado.