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Edward Colston statue toppled: How Bristol came to see the slave trader as a hero and philanthropist.5 min read
The statue was part of a push in the Victorian era to create mercantile heroes. Colston’s slaving activities were conveniently glossed over.
Public sculpture expert: Why I welcome the decision to throw Bristol’s Edward Colston statue in the river.5 min read
After years of inaction by authorities, protesters have forced the point – opening a new chapter in this monument’s history.
Britain must face the uncomfortable truth that, contrary to the “economic theory” that insists meritocracy and mercantile enterprise made the country rich, it actually owes a large part of its wealth to its role in the slave trade.
Britain’s heritage is steeped in the remnants and history of slavery, but you wouldn’t necessarily know it.
Understanding the role art played as a sanitiser of violence shows that destroying or removing monuments from public view does not erase history.
An excellent and informative thread about the Colston statue toppled in Bristol at the weekend. It absolutely destroys the argument that it could have been removed legally, especially as people had been calling for it to be removed, and had expressed indignation and anger for years...