The British government on Monday condemned the debunking of the statue of a slave trader in Bristol. But there are increasing demands to store the monument to the museum that glorifies the slave and the colonialist’s past in Britain.
“Tear them all down. Everywhere,” Lewis Hamilton calls on Instagram. The six-time British Formula One champion was pleased to see how Edward Colston, a British slave trader from the 17th century, was dismantled during a demonstration against racism in Bristol on Sunday. “Edward Colston was a monster who bought, sold, traded Africans, people, to enslave them until their death. A person who did this should not be honored. It was / is terrorism. Today. At that time,” he adds.
Since Sunday, it has increased calls to add this monument to enrich Britain’s colonial past in the museum. The statue was knocked out of its pedestal on Sunday by a group of protesters condemning George Floyd’s death. The statue was then trampled on and thrown into the river harbor.
“A historical moment”
The maintenance of this statue by the slave trader, which financed many institutions in Bristol, had been debated for several years without being decided. Even the mayor of the city believes that there is no longer room for it.
“As an elected official, I obviously can’t tolerate the damage,” said Bristol Labor Mayor Marvin Rees on the BBC. “But I am of Jamaican descent and I cannot say that I have a real sense of loss,” he continued. he considered “very likely” that the statue would end up in the museum.
“We had a statue up to someone who made their money from buying and selling people. That statue is now underwater which is a bit of historical irony”
– BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) June 8, 2020
Historically the England Heritage Protection Association also condemned an illegal debunking, saying it acknowledged that “the statue was a symbol of injustice”: “We do not think it should be re-installed”.
Johnson reports crime
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said “people can act to remove the statue, but what happened yesterday was a criminal act,” his spokesman reported on Monday. “It is unacceptable and the police will hold those responsible accountable.”
Condemning the manner in which the statue was brought down, Labir opposition leader Keir Starmer still believed it “should have been removed for several years”. Colston “is a man responsible for sending 100,000 people from Africa to the Caribbean to become slaves, including women and children who were labeled with the name of his company”. “You can’t have a statue of a slave trader in Britain in the 21st century,” he said, also believing it had a place in a museum.
Several public places carry the name Edward Colston in the city, such as Colston Hall, concert hall where the Beatles, David Bowie and Elton John performed. The latter has promised a new appeal for the fall and will already remove all external signs that identify it.
After the Black Lives Matter protests and the removal of the Edward Colston statue in #Bristol Yesterday, we would like to confirm our commitment to change the name of Colston Hall and provide an update on the time scale to do so. (1/6) pic.twitter.com/p45R0Y5dFb
– Colston Hall (@Colston_Hall) June 8, 2020