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.
Rival Candidate Spreads Fake News Attacks Against Anti-Lockdown Hero Shelley Luther
Shelley Luther, the candidate for Texas’ Senate District 30, is beginning to face heat from her rivals in the Senate seat’s special election.
One of her opponents, Drew Springer, the State Representative for Texas’s 68th District, called her out for supposed hypocrisy on the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
On Facebook he commented, “Shelley Luther sang a different tune about forced COVID-19 shutdowns before she realized she could use it for her political benefit.
While she thought her record could be deleted from Facebook, there was only so long she could hide. #ShutdownShelley”
Springer referred to a comment Luther made on March 16 where she said “Just my opinion. If some major cities are closing down building where large gatherings occur, then EVERY city should. The problem will not fix if some people are out and about.”
However, several users commenting on Springer’s Facebook post were quick to point out some nuances in Luther’s comments.
The main gist of their comments was that Luther said that it didn’t make any sense for a few venues to remain open and others not be closed. In essence, she was calling for policy consistency, not for selective enforcement of lockdowns.
Luther made a name for herself earlier this year when she resisted the city of Dallas’ shutdown order and continued operating her business in defiance of this ordinance.
She would later face jail time for her refusal to comply but would later be pardoned by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Luther has received endorsements from organizations such as Texas Gun Rights PAC for her staunch liberty activism and commitment to American principles such as the Second Amendment.
The Dallas salon owner is one of the more high-profile state level candidates running for office and has become a national figure of resistance against the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
A Luther victory would represent a major win for Texas conservatives who have been disappointed with the legislative body’s performance over the years.
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