Some praised the move, while others decided to call it a “rule of thumb”.
According to some, the statues have melted into the background of everyday life, but many people are now questioning whether they should still be standing in their way.
On Tuesday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a commission to examine the future of future signs, including murals, street art, street names and statues, across the UK capital.
In order to ensure that London’s success and diversity are reflected in different parts of the capital, commissions have been set up to promote diversity in public areas of London.
Although these measures have divided public opinion, they have sparked a growing conversation about what should be the statues of individuals like Colston, who benefited from the plight of so many people.
A statue of Winston Churchill in London’s Parliament Square was found distorted by the word “racist” written after his name, following the Black Lives Matter protest on June 20, 2020. Credit: Isabelle Infantes / AFP / Getty Images
A statue of Churchill standing in London’s Parliament Square during the Black Lives Matter protest on Sunday was adorned with the words “… a racist”.
Oriel College is still in the process of removing the statue from Cecil Rhodes. Credit: Carl Court / Getty Images
Cecil Rhodes, who helped build Britain’s empire in South Africa, is immortalized in a statue outside Oriel College at Oxford University.
Neither Oxford University nor Oriel College responded to CNN’s request for comment.
In 2015, a statue of Rhodes was removed from the campus of the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
“He represents the country’s former colonialist – domination, racism, miserliness,” said Rambina Mahapa, president of the student body leading the campaign to remove the statue at the time.
A placard was erected in protest of the statue of the Scottish enlightened philosopher David Hume, disregarding his racist views. Credit: jpi media
In Edinburgh, a statue of 18th-century Scottish philosopher David Hume was decorated with a placard quoting his views on white supremacy.
Hume is considered one of the foremost thinkers of Scottish enlightenment, and his bronze statue sits on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, the main surface of the city’s Old Town.
In recent years, however, Hume’s reputation has been tarnished, with more focus on his views on color. The statue’s left mark shows a line from Hume’s work “Of National Characters” stating that he was “fit to suspect Negroes … of being naturally inferior to whites.”
Nelson’s column, with a statue of Admiral Horatio Nelson at the top, the tower above Trafalgar Square in central London. Credit: evenfh / Shutterstock
A statue of the Scottish politician Henry Dundas stands on top of the Melville Monument in Edinburgh.
Dundas, who has held several government posts, including the home secretary, is known for supporting the delay in abolishing slavery in the late eighteenth century.
Preachers are advising to name these streets after Scottish-Jamaican slave Joseph Knight, who successfully freed himself in court, proving that Scottish law did not recognize slavery.
William Gladstone served as British Prime Minister four times in the nineteenth century. His father owned a slave. Credit: View image / Universal image group / image at the gate
From the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1999 to the demolition of Saddam Hussein’s memorial in Baghdad in 2003, to the demolition of statues of Lenin to the demolition of idols, it has been an honorable form of protest.
These examples of destruction were widely acclaimed in the Western world, but recent campaigns to remove the statue of the controversial figure in places such as the United States and the United Kingdom have divided public opinion.
An alternative approach was taken in Paraguay, where artist Carlos Colombino was asked to redesign a statue of former dictator General Alfredo Stroesner from 1954 to 1969. Instead of destroying the monument, Columbino surrounded most of its recognized part. Two huge blocks of cement as a memorial to the victims of the dictatorship.