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Re: Statue decolonization
« on: June 30, 2020, 01:59:23 am »

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RICHMOND,Va. (AP) — Protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd, ablack man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck, targeted Confederate monuments in multiple cities.

Astense protests swelled across the country Saturday into Sunday morning,monuments in Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee and Mississippi were defaced. The presence of Confederate monuments across the South — and elsewhere in the United States — has been challenged for years, and someof the monuments targeted were already under consideration for removal.

Thewords “spiritual genocide” in black spray paint, along with red handprints, stained the sides of a Confederate monument on the University of Mississippi campus Saturday, the Oxford Eagle reported. One person was arrested at the scene.

Ole Miss administrators, student leaders and faculty leaders have recommended moving the statue — installed in 1906 and a rallying point in 1962 for people who rioted tooppose the university’s court-ordered integration — from a central spotto a Civil War cemetery that’s in a more secluded location on campus, but the state College Board has delayed action.

Critics have saidits display near the university’s main administrative building sends a signal that Ole Miss glorifies the Confederacy and glosses over the South’s history of slavery.

In Charleston, South Carolina, protesters defaced a Confederate statue near the Battery, a historic area on the coastal city’s southern tip. The base of the Confederate Defenders statue, erected in 1932, was spray-painted, including with thewords “BLM” and “traitors,” news outlets reported. It was later coveredwith tarp, photos show.

In North Carolina, the base of a Confederate monument at the State Capitol was marked with a black X and ashorthand for a phrase expressing contempt for police, according to a photo posted by a News & Observer journalist to social media. The word “racist” was also marked on the monument, the newspaper reported.
Inthe coastal city of Norfolk, protesters climbed a Confederate monument and spray-painted graffiti on its base, according to photos posted by a Virginian-Pilot journalist. Norfolk is among the Virginia cities that have signaled intent to remove their Confederate monuments. In February,state lawmakers approved legislation that would give cities autonomy todo so.

A commission in Richmond, the state capital and what was the capital of the Confederacy, recommended removing one of five Confederate statues along the city’s famed Monument Avenue. Photos posted to social media late Saturday and early Sunday showed the bases of at least two statues — those of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart — almost entirely covered in graffiti. A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis had “cops ran us over,” spray-painted on the base. A noose had been flung over Davis’ shoulder.

Afire burned for a time at the headquarters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a group responsible for erecting many Confederate statues and fighting their removal. The building, too, was covered in graffiti, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

In Chattanooga, Tenn., protesters spray-painted a statue Saturday of Confederate Lt. Gen. Alexander P. Stewart on Saturday, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

In Nashville, Tenn., and in Philadelphia, statues of people criticized for racist views, but without Confederate ties, were also targeted.

Protesters in Nashville toppled Saturday a statue of Edward Carmack, a state lawmaker in the early 1900s and newspaper publisher who had racist views and wrote editorials lambasting the writings of prominent Tennessee civil-rights journalist Ida B. Wells, the Tennessean reported.

Protesters sprayed graffiti on a statue of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, tried to topple it and set a fire at its base. Rizzo, mayor from 1972 to 1980, was praised by supporters as tough on crime but accused by critics of discriminating against people of color. His 10-foot-tall (3-meter-tall) bronze statue across from City Hall has been defaced before and is to be moved next year.


Another one down!

"Thestatue is a deplorable monument to racism, bigotry, and police brutality for members of the Black community," Kenney said. "The treatment of these communities under Mr. Rizzo's leadership was among the worst periods in Philadelphia's history."


The list so far:

And one more:

Don't stop now!


A statue of Leopold II in the garden of the Africa Museum in Tervuren was defaced, VRT reported Thursday evening.

Other statues of the former Belgian king had already been vandalized in Halle, Ostend, Ghent and Ekeren.

Thestatue in Ekeren was set on fire on Wednesday night after having been smeared in red paint last weekend. The bust in Ghent was also covered inred paint and marked ‘I can’t breathe,’ the final words of George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose death at the hands of US police has sparked nationwide uprisings over police brutality and systemic racism.

As anti-racism protests and demonstrations in honour of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer put his knee on his neckfor minutes in the United States last week, are taking place worldwide,a petition to the City of Brussels has been launched in Belgium to remove all statues of Leopold II.

Under his colonial regime, millions of Congolese people died. Lack of reliable sources have made itdifficult to form an accurate estimation, but modern estimates range from 1 million to 15 million. In recent years, a consensus of around 10 million deaths has been reached among historians.

“Despite all this, Leopold II is commemorated throughout Belgium through statues, ceremonies in his honour, street names, and so on. We do not want to erase the past, but we do want to erase any homage to this man,” the initiators of the petition added.

The petition:


And another goes down!




Also, Mayor Sadiq Khan defends the statue topplers:


Moving beyond Confederates to colonialists proper:



Previously I suggested:

wecould consider (as an alternative to removing entire statues) just decapitating each statue and displaying the disembodied head hanging adjacent to the rest of the statue. This would visually prove beyond anydoubt that we are not trying to make people think that the colonialists(and, by inference, the colonial era) never existed, but merely declaring what we think of colonialists.


Thank you BLM!

Also ongoing:

But best of all:

The statue of Queen Victoria was left covered in graffiti after Black Lives Matter protests in Leeds.

Demonstrators sprayed the sculpture with the words “racist”, “murderer” and “slave owner”.
Nelson's Column is another target of anti-racism campaigners who want it torn down over links to the slave trade.

Campaigners want the column removed as Nelson was fiercely opposed to the abolition of the slave trade.

Hesupported prominent slavers and tried to prevent the abolitionist William Wilberforce - who he dubbed 'damnable' - from ending Britain's involvement in the slave trade.

Hundreds of statues could be pulled down after protesters drew up a “hitlist”.

Full list of statues

Francis Drake - sea captain and slave trader

Drake was the first sailor to complete an entire journey of the world in one trip frm 1577 to 1580.

He helped his cousin, John Hawkins, capture slaves from the Americas and sell them to Spanish plantations.

William Gladstone

Gladstone is a former British PM whose family owned slaves in the Caribbean.

He was actively opposed to the anti-slavery movement in Britain.

When slavery was banned, he helped his father obtain today's equivalent of £10.3 million in return for freeing his slaves.

Horatio Nelson

Aflag officer in the Royal Navy known for inspirational leadership and unconventional tactics during the Napoleonic wars. He was a supporter ofthe slave trade and actively tried to thrwart the abolitionist movementin Britain.

James George Smith Neill - monument - Ayr, Wellington Square

Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde – Statue - Glasgow, George Square

Sir Robert Peel - Statue - Glasgow, George Square

Henry Dundas – Statue - Edinburgh, St Andrew's Square

Grey's Monument - Newcastle Upon Tyne, Grainger Street

William Armstrong - Memorial - Newcastle Upon Tyne, Eldon Place

Statue of Sir Robert Peel in George Square, Glasgow

Robert Peel – Statue - Leeds, Woodhouse Moor

Robert Peel – Statue - Preston, Winkley Square

Robert Peel – Statue - Bury

Robert Peel – Statue - Manchester, Piccadilly Gardens

Oliver Cromwell – Statue - Manchester, Wythenshawe Road

Oliver Cromwell – Statue - Warrington, Bridge Street

Bryan Blundell - Blundell House - Liverpool, Liverpool Blue Coat School

Christopher Columbus – Statue - Liverpool, Sefton Park Palm House

William Leverhulme – Statue - Wirral, outside Lady Lever Art Gallery

Henry Morton Stanley – Statue - Denbigh, Hall Square

William Gladstone – Statue - Hawarden, Gladstone's Library, Church Lane

Elihu Yale – Wetherspoons Pub - Wrexham, Regent Street

Black man's head caricature - Ashbourne, Green Man

Robert Clive – Statue - Shrewsbury, The Square

Robert Peel – Statue - Tamworth, 27 Market Street

H Morton Stanley – Park - Redditch, Morton Stanley Park

Statue of Oliver Cromwell on Bridge Street, Warrington

Oliver Cromwell – Statue - St Ives, Market Hill

Ronald A. Fisher – Memorial - Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College

Sir Thomas Picton – Memorial - Carmarthen, Picton Terrace

General Nott - Statue - Carmarthen, Nott Square

Thomas Phillips – Memorial plaque - Brecon, Captain's Walk

Cecil Rhodes – Statue - Oxford, Oriel College

Christopher Codrington – Rename Library - Oxford, Codrington Library, All Souls College

Rename Rhodes Arts Complex and Rhodes Avenue - Bishop's Stortford, Cecil Rhodes

Sir Thomas Picton – Statue - Cardiff, Cardiff City Hall

Edward Colston – Rename Colston Hall and Colston Street - Bristol, Colston Street

Henry Overton Wills III – Wills Memorial Building - Bristol, University of Bristol

Edward Colston – Statue - Bristol, Bristol Harbour

Edward Colston - Building - Bristol, Colston Tower, Colston Street

Captain Edward August Lendy & Captain Charles Frederick Lendy– Memorial Statue - Sunbury-on-Thames, Pantiles Court

Edward Colston – Rename Colston Road - Mortlake, Colston Road

William Beckford – School - London, Dornfell Street

Statue of Robert Clive in The Square, Shrewsbury

Robert Geffrye – Statue located on the Museum of the Home - London, Kingsland Road

Francis Galton – Galton Lecture Theatre - London, Gower Street

Charles II of England – Statue - London, Soho Square Gardens

King James II – Statue - London, Trafalgar Square

Robert Clive – Statue - London, Westminster, King Charles Street

Oliver Cromwell – Statue - London, Houses of Parliament

Sir Robert Clayton – Statue - London, St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road

SirHenry De la Beche – Name on front of Imperial College - London, Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus

Christopher Columbus – Monument - London, Belgrave Square Garden

Thomas Guy – Statue - London, Guys Hospital

Thomas Guy - London, Guy's Hospital

Robert Milligan – Statue - London, Tower Hamlets, West India Quay

Sir Francis Drake, Robert Blake, Horatio Nelson – Statues - London, Deptford Town Hall, Goldsmiths College

Sir Francis Drake, Robert Blake and Horatio Nelson – Statues - London, Goldsmiths Uni Deptford Town Hall

Statue of Sir Robert Clayton on Westminster Bridge Road, London

Lord Kitchener – Statue - Chatham, Khartoum Road

Admiral Sir Edward Codrington – Plaque - Brighton, Western Road

William Ewart Gladstone – Plaque - Brighton, Royal Albion Hotel

Christopher Barry Russell – Office - Cosham, Admiral House

Redvers Buller – Statue - Exeter, Hele Road

Francis Drake – Statue - Tavistock, Drakes Roundabout

Nancy Astor – Statue - Plymouth, Hoe Park

Francis Drake - Statue - Plymouth, Plymouth Hoe

I like leftists who are methodical about activism.

Theabove list pertains to just the UK, though. We need similar lists for every country affected by Western colonialism. Anyone want to volunteer?

A group called Topple the Racists want statues across Britain removed and street names changed.

Theirlist includes some of Britain’s most famous historical figures including King James II, Oliver Cromwell and Christopher Columbus.

Thegroup said: “We believe these statues and other memorials to slave-owners and colonialists need to be removed so that Britain can finally face the truth about its past – and how it shapes our present.
“We must learn from, not venerate, this terrible chapter in British colonial history.”

Very well put. We support this group unreservedly:

Keep up the good work!

Meanwhile,it has been announced 130 Labour councils across England and Wales willbegin reviewing monuments and statues in their towns and cities.

It means dozens more monuments could be removed.

Astatement posted on Twitter said: "LGA Labour have consulted with all Labour council leaders, and there is overwhelming agreement from all Labour councils that they will listen to and work with their local communities to review the appropriateness of local monuments and statueson public land and council property."

I wish success to all involved. To colonialist statues everywhere: WE WILL REPLACE YOU!


Meanwhile, more successes back in the US: (pictures and information about the statues included)

Also some I missed earlier:

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