shereblue wrote:Let me just say that seeing the statue of the vile Colston dumped into the Avon was sweet.
The slave trade saw some 12m. black Africans shipped to the Caribbean and the USA, nearly 2m. of whom died during transportation.
Bristol's passivity and inaction in permitting such a symbol to enjoy prominence and prestige for so long is clearly mental and causative. Enough was enough.
Whilst I do think that the statue should have been removed a few years ago and also should never have been erected in the first place (knowing the history of that statue). I dont think that airbrushing people out of history is in any way a positive thing. I would also ask what precisely it achieves.
Colston clearly benefitted from the slave trade but how many of those protesters could actually have explained his role in the trade? Without education and learning it was an empty act born out of a desire to do damage, those same white middle class individuals will no doubt be at the Colston hall post lockdown for concerts and shows without a murmur. Having lived in Bristol for many years it us a place that acknowledges and struggles with how to deal with its role in the past but it certainly doesnt celebrate it and has become one of the most diverse places to live in the UK without too many issues over racism.
It is unknown how much money Colston made from slavery and he made a lot of money from other things. He built a lot of hospitals and schools and did a lot of good with it. There are important lessons to be learnt there if people are willing to learn it.
Slavery was and and still is a worldwide problem effected by people of every creed. Efforts would be better spent on helping people in slavery today rather than chucking a statue of someone who has been dead for 200 years in a river which achieves precisely nothing to help anyone.