‘Spider-Man: Homecoming': Was the Washington Monument Actually Built by Slaves?

In “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Peter Parker’s snarky, woke classmate Michelle (played memorably by Zendaya), refuses to join her academic decathlon teammates on an elevator ride to the top of the Washington Monument, which, as it turns out, spares her from a horrifying situation and a deadly rescue mission for Spider-Man. The reason why didn’t Michelle join them on the doomed elevator ride? Because she didn’t feel like entering a monument built by slaves.

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