Black Lives Matter Radicals in the UK Take Down Statue of Famous Historical Figure Edward Colston
On June 7, 2020, Black Lives Matter rioters knocked down a statue of English merchant Edward Colston.
The rioters attached a rope to statue on Colston Avenue in Bristol, United Kingdom on June 7 before pulling it down as a large crowd jumped for joy. The vandals then jumped on the statue.
The Guardian reported that historian David Olusoga likened this iconoclastic action to the toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. On the other hand, home secretary, Priti Patel called on the police to respond. In comments made to Sky News, Patel remarked:
“I think that is utterly disgraceful and that speaks to the acts of public disorder that have actually now become a distraction from the cause in which people are protesting about.”
Superintendent Andy Bennett, of Somerset and Avon police, stated that his force was conducting an investigation into criminal damage.
Bennett said to the BBC he understood that Colston was “a historical figure that’s caused the black community quite a lot of angst over the last couple of years.” He added, “Whilst I am disappointed that people would damage one of our statues, I do understand why it’s happened, it’s very symbolic.”
"Whilst I am disappointed … I do understand why it’s happened"
— BBC West Live (@BBCBristol) June 7, 2020
“You might wonder why we didn’t intervene and why we just allowed people to put it in the docks – we made a very tactical decision, to stop people from doing the act may have caused further disorder and we decided the safest thing to do, in terms of our policing tactics, was to allow it to take place.”
The mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, remarked: “I know the removal of the Colston Statue will divide opinion, as the statue itself has done for many years. However, it’s important to listen to those who found the statue to represent an affront to humanity.”
Although Colston was known as a slave trader, he made numerous philanthropic contributions that helped build Bristol.
It’s becoming clear that the political correctness crusades that have marked America are being exported to Europe. The Western Left does not care about preserving the West and is now working to erase history as we know it.
The West is going through very troubling times indeed. It will take a ccourageous Right to be able t o effectively confront it.