and create monuments to those underrepresented figures who have truly embodied the values we claim to hold dear.
Well, that kind of leaves out everyone but Isa (your Jesus). (And a select group of Christian saints, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist holy men, and one other person who I will not name because I don’t wish to start a long debate on Islam.)
Bottom line is that we know what sort of response a statue of Jesus in a public place would bring. And it wouldn’t be pretty.