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Re: Statue decolonization
« on: June 30, 2020, 02:09:58 am »
OLD CONTENT contd.

Recap of earlier years:

www.yahoo.com/news/pulling-down-statues-racists-africas-070107944.html

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JOHANNESBURG(AP) — Queen Victoria, Cecil Rhodes, King Leopold. Statues honoring these leaders of colonial rule have been pulled down over the years in Africa after countries won independence or newer generations said racistrelics had to go.

New campaigns in the U.S. and Europe are now following Africa’s lead. Monuments to slave traders and colonial rulers have become the focus of protests around the world, driven by a reexamination of historical injustice after the death of George Floyd atthe hands of police in the U.S.

No protests have been spotted this week around the remaining statues in Africa, but several have facedfurious demonstrations in the past.

A boisterous student-led campaign pressed the University of Cape Town to remove a statue of CecilRhodes from the school's entrance in April 2015. The statue had been defaced and covered in excrement by students protesting against the colonial leader who supported white minority rule in South Africa and the colonization of the southern African territories named for him, Northern and Southern Rhodesia, which later became independent Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Students celebrated as a crane lifted the statue off its base. Now the statue is covered by a tarpaulin at a local army base.

Anotherstatue of Rhodes was toppled in Zimbabwe in July 1980, a few months after the country became independent. When the statue was downed in the capital — then known by its colonial name, Salisbury, now Harare — demonstrators cheered and pounded it with a hammer.

A statue of Britain’s Queen Victoria in Nairobi, Kenya, was knocked down and beheaded in 2015 by unknown vandals. The headless statue lies next to its plinth in a downtown square.

“This statue reminds me of the suffering our forefathers went through in the hands of colonialists and whenever we see them, the memories are fresh,” Nairobi resident Samuel Obiero said. “We need to get rid of them. All over the world they must be brought down and all people who suffered due to colonialism need to also be saved from all these kinds of memories.”

InCongo, a statue honoring colonial ruler King Leopold II of Belgium — a copy of the statue that is now the focus of demonstrations in Belgium — was pulled down decades ago. Erected in 1928, it was ordered taken down by then-dictator Mobutu Sese Seko seven years after independence in 1960.

The statue made a return in 2005 with an updated plaque, intended by authorities to serve as a reminder of the horrors of colonial rule. Public outcry was so great that it was taken down a day later.

Now it stands in a park of colonial monuments set up on the grounds of the Institute of National Museums set up by the U.N. mission in Congo. Although the park is technically open to the public, access is limited because of its proximity to the president’s residence in the capital, Kinshasa. The park also has statues of explorers Henry Morton Stanley and David Livingstone.

There have been so many protests against the statue of Paul Kruger, an early white ruler of South Africa, in the capital, Pretoria, that fencing has been erected tokeep people away from it. “Killer Killer” is prominently painted on itsbase.

“It just reminds me of, like, what’s written over there, ‘Killer Killer,’” said Rogue Wanga, a 19-year-old street vendor. "Those people were killers literally. And they never liked us. I feel like we should replace it. Maybe a fountain or a Madiba (Nelson Mandela) statue wouldn’t hurt.”
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South African author William Gumede said pulling down statues is just the first step in a process.

“It'simportant for these symbols of injustice to be pulled down,” Gumede said. “This has been going on for decades, and we are grappling with ridding ourselves of these monuments to domination.”

But is there less enthusiasm about pulling down colonialist statues in former colonies in other parts of the world? If so, why? And what can bedone to increase such enthusiasm?

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Next one:

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8418521/New-Orleans-protesters-pull-bust-throw-river.html

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Black Lives Matter protesters rip down bust of slave owner John McDonogh in New Orleans then throw it into the Mississippi River

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Continuing:

www.oregonlive.com/news/2020/06/pioneer-statues-toppled-amid-protests-at-university-of-oregon.html

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The statues have a history tied to the celebration of white conquest, and some students had renewed calls for their removal against a backdrop of international protests against racism and police brutality.
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ThePioneer was the first statue on the University of Oregon campus, according to the university website. During the 1919 ceremony in which it was dedicated, the president of the Oregon Historical Society gave a speech lauding the “Anglo-Saxon race,” according to a Hidden History article on the university’s library website.

The Pioneer Mother, erected in 1932, was the other statue removed by protesters. Researcher Brenda Frink told The Register-Guard in 2012 that similar pioneer motherstatues celebrated “the expansion of American territory and the expansion of white occupation of that land.”
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Also on the list was a renaming of Deady Hall, named after Matthew Deady, the racist judge who founded the University of Oregon law school. Deady was a notedproponent of slavery and said only “pure white” men should be allowed to vote, according to a report commissioned by university President Michael Schill in 2016.

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activists in northern New Mexico celebrated the removal of another likeness of Ońate that was on public display at a cultural center in the community of Alcalde. Rio Arriba County officials removed it to safeguard it from possible damage and to avoid civil unrest ahead of a scheduled protest.

A forklift priedthe massive bronze statue of Ońate on horseback from a concrete pedestal. Cheers erupted among bystanders who saw the memorial as an affront to indigenous people and an obstacle to greater racial harmony, though several people also arrived to defend the tribute to Ońate.
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The Ońate statues have been a source of criticism for decades.

Ońate,who arrived in present-day New Mexico in 1598, is celebrated as a cultural father figure in communities along the Upper Rio Grande that trace their ancestry to Spanish settlers. But he’s also reviled for his brutality.

To Native Americans, Ońate is known for having orderedthe right feet cut off of 24 captive tribal warriors that was precipitated by the killing of Onate’s nephew. In 1998, someone sawed the right foot off the statue — an incident that weighed in the decisionto stash away the statue.

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abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/statue-pioneer-linked-california-gold-rush-removed-71267009

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Severaldozen people cheered as a work crew lifted the statue of John Sutter — a19th century European colonizer of California who enslaved Native Americans — off its pedestal outside Sutter Medical Center in the latestreckoning of historical figures being removed from public display.
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AshwutRodriguez, a California Indian from Sacramento, spit on the statue of Sutter after it was loaded onto a flatbed and tied down.

“This isonly a Band Aid on a broken arm, but we can’t celebrate or consider anything until you stop celebrating these evil people,” said Rodriguez, 42, who came out with his family and young children to watch.

www.yahoo.com/news/christopher-columbus-statue-removed-st-152227289.html

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Astatue of Christopher Columbus that stood in a St. Louis park for more than 130 years has been removed amid a growing national outcry against monuments to the 15th century explorer (June 16)

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www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/pelosi-orders-removal-four-portraits-confederate-house-speakers-capitol-n1231436

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Pelosi requested the immediate removal of the portraits of Robert Hunter of Virginia who served as House speaker from 1839 to 1841; Howell Cobbs of Georgia (1849 to 1851); James Orr of South Carolina (1857 to 1859); and Charles Crisp of Georgia (1891 to 1895).

"We cannot honor men such as James Orr, who swore on the House Floor to 'preserve and perpetuate' slavery in order to 'enjoy our property in peace, quiet and security,' or Robert Hunter, who served at nearly every level of the Confederacy, including in the Confederate Provincial Congress, as Confederate Secretary of State, in the Confederate Senate and in the Confederate Army,” Pelosi wrote in the letter. "The portraits of these men are symbols that set back our nation's work to confront and combat bigotry."
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The speaker said during her weekly press conference Thursday that she and her team were unaware that the portraits existed inside the Capitol until "we were taking inventory of the statues and the curator told us" about the four paintings of the Confederate speakers.

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www.yahoo.com/news/north-carolina-protesters-tear-down-025419841.html

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Protesters in North Carolina's capital pulled down parts of a Confederate monumentFriday on night and hanged one of the toppled statues from a light post.

Today, Western statues. Tomorrow, Western civilization.

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www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/20/protesters-statue-washington-dc-albert-pike-juneteenth-us

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Cheering demonstrators jumped up and down as the 11-foot (3.4-meter) statue of Albert Pike – wrapped with chains – wobbled on its high granite pedestalbefore falling backward, landing in a pile of dust. Protesters then seta bonfire and stood around it in a circle as the statue burned, chanting, “No justice, no peace, no racist police”.
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The Pike statue has been a source of controversy over the years. The former Confederate general was also a longtime influential leader of the Freemasons, who revere Pike and who paid for the statue. Pike’s body is interred at the DC headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, which also contains a small museum in his honor.

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Our enemies report:

voiceofeurope.com/2020/06/foreigners-start-petitions-to-remove-racist-scandinavian-statues/

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Theiconoclasm in US and UK has now spread to Scandinavia, where petitions in Sweden and Norway have called for statues of “racist” historical persons to be taken down.
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Jallow, a foreigner, disapproves of Sweden’s commemoration of Von Linne because he was the first scientist who divided mankind into races. There are statues of him in various cities throughout Sweden. Recently, far-left activists have launched a petition to have one of Von Linne’s statues removed. At present, the petition has 1,566 signatures.

Meanwhile, in Norway, a Moroccan woman living named Yasmin Zannachi has started the petition to take downtwo statues in Oslo – one of Winston Churchill, and the other of the Norwegian writer Ludvig Holberg, Document Norway reports.
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Zannachi’s petition, which now has over 4,000 signatures, is supported by the youth organization of the Norwegian Greens.

TeodorBruu, spokesperson for the Norwegian Green Youth says: “We think it is totally obvious that we should not have statues of racists and slave traders in our towns.”

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Enemy tweet: coming for, like, ulysses s grant's ass? not sure about that one.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_policy_of_the_Ulysses_S._Grant_administration#Buffalo_destruction

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Centralto the Grant administration Peace policy was allowing the destruction of the buffalo, the Native food supply, to keep Native peoples dependenton government supplies. In 1872, around two thousand white buffalo hunters working between Kansas, and Arkansas were killing buffalo for their hides by the many thousands. The demand was for boots for Europeanarmies, or machine belts attached to steam engines. Acres of land were dedicated solely for drying the hides of the slaughtered buffalo.

And the double-standard to top it off:

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Ranchers wanted the buffalo gone to open pasture land for their cattle herds.

It is true that Grant was opposed to discrimination against "blacks":

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulysses_S._Grant#Reconstruction_and_civil_rights

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Grantwas considered an effective civil rights president, concerned about theplight of African Americans.[312] On March 18, 1869, Grant signed into law equal rights for blacks, to serve on juries and hold office, in Washington D.C., and in 1870 he signed into law the Naturalization Act that gave foreign blacks citizenship.[312] During his first term, Reconstruction took precedence. Republicans controlled most Southern states, propped up by Republican controlled Congress, northern money, and southern military occupation.[313] Grant advocated the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment that said states could not disenfranchise African Americans.[315]

but this is only further evidence that (contrary to rightist accusations ofBLM ethnotribalism) BLM cares not just about oppression of "blacks"

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Here is a start for the US. This only has Confederate monuments, but this dataset can be downloaded expanded upon to include Columbus statues, pioneer settler monuments, etc.

www.splcenter.org/20190201/whose-heritage-public-symbols-confederacy#findings

This page has the data in a simplified format:

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Across the United States, there are an estimated 1,741 public symbols of the Confederacy, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

These symbols include schools, parks, bridges, roads, statues and more.
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In2017, during a protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee, a self-described neo-Nazi killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer after he rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protestersin Charlottesville, Virginia.

Since then, at least 44 monuments have been removed across the country.

The map below shows where the 771 statues and monuments are in the US:

www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2020/06/mapping-hundreds-confederate-statues-200610103154036.html

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We have arrived in France:

www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/06/22/protesters-deface-french-colonial-era-statues-in-red-paint/

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PARIS(AP) — Two Paris statues related to France’s colonial era were daubed with red paint Monday amid a global movement to take down monuments to figures tied to slavery or colonialism.

One statue was of Hubert Lyautey, near the gold-domed Invalides monument that houses Napoleon’s tomb. Lyautey served in Morocco, Algeria, Madagascar and Indochina when they were under French control, and later was France’s minister of war during World War I.

The other figure drenched in red shows Voltaire, a leading thinker and writer of the French Enlightenment, who owed part of his fortune to colonial-era trade.

No topplings yet, though.....

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Well spotted!

www.yahoo.com/news/petition-to-change-badge-st-michael-st-george-queen-honour-104906375.html

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A petition is calling for one of the Queen’s highest honours to be redesigned as campaigners say it resembles a white man killing a black man.
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On the petition, Tracy Reeve wrote: “The image on the Honorary Knights/Dames Commander (KCMG/DCMG) star is a white skinned angel stood on the head/neck of a black skinned devil.

“This is ahighly offensive image, it is also reminiscent of the recent murder of George Floyd by the white policeman in the same manner presented here inthis medal.

“We the undersigned are calling for this medal to completely redesigned in a more appropriate way and for an official apology to be given for the offence it has given!”
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Sir Simon Woolley, the director and one of the founders of Operation Black Vote, told The Guardian: “The original image may have been of St Michael slaying Satan, but the figure has no horns or tail and is clearly a black man. It is a shocking depiction, and it is even more shocking thatthat image could be presented to ambassadors representing this country abroad.

“For most black and brown people, there is nothing good about the empire. Most people will see this as an image of George Floyd on a global scale and a symbol of white supremacy.”

Judge for yourself:



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www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jun/23/andrew-cuomo-defends-destruction-us-monuments-its-/

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the attacks on monuments “healthy expression” and “good statements.”

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In an appearance Tuesday on NBC, he denied President Trump’s admonition that, in the words of interviewer Savannah Guthrie, “cities should do more to protect monuments.”
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“People are making a statement about equality, about community, to be against racism, against slavery, Ithink those are good statements,” the Democratic governor said.
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“It’sa healthy expression of people saying let’s get some priorities here and let’s remember the sin and mistake that this nation made and let’s not celebrate it,” he said.

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