The new Black Lives Matter statue that was erected in the place of a former slave trader has sadly been taken down after just one day…
People are finally taking a stand against the blatant racism occurring all over the world.
Well, it’s tearing down statues and monuments of historically racist figures, of course!
And boy, is it long overdue.
Despite Churchill being celebrated for the role he played in carrying his country through World War Two, his history with racism is incredibly problematic, and he is credited for the death of millions of Kenyans and Indians.
A statue of Christopher Columbus in Virginia was suddenly torn down and defaced – the monument was ninety-three years old and had been standing there to commemorate the Italian explorer.
His transatlantic voyages unlocked an entire continent for European colonization and turned the Italian explorer into a modern symbol of conquest and violence for native Americans.
Protestors completely dislodged the statue…
And this is when things turned ugly.
And protesters then dumped it in Richmond’s Fountain lake as a final demand for justice.
In images captured by Garrison Davis, you can see the old statue has been defaced and vandalized before being set on fire along with a burning flag.
In the end, the statue was dragged into a lake and left there to sink.
The statue of the former president, Theodore Roosevelt, who has been embroiled in controversy for decades.
And many believe that all statues of anyone affiliated with slavery and racism in any form should be torn down permanently.
A new statue has been erected in the place of a racist slave trader… And it is the most beautiful symbol of the entire BLM movement.
Before throwing it into a nearby river.
And he is thought to have trafficked as many as 84,000 African men, women, and children, with an estimated 19,000 dying on their journey to the Caribbean and America.
And it has finally been replaced with something completely breathtaking.
A sculpture of BLM protester, Jen Reid, was erected early on Wednesday morning in Bristol’s city center, directly where the Colston statue was pulled down last month.
And the statue’s artist, Marc Quinn, felt inspired to make a monument out of the powerful photograph.
As per the BBC, Quinn said on the project:
“I saw pictures of Jen on the plinth and she spontaneously made this gesture and I thought this is amazing. She’s made an extraordinary artwork just by doing that and it needs to be crystalized into an object and put back on to the plinth. It had to be in that public realm and I wanted to put it in that charged spot where Edward Colston had been before.”
“This sculpture is about making a stand for my mother, for my daughter, for black people like me.”
As the statue has now been taken down by the local authorities.
And this is due to the fact that the statue was erected without planning permission by the local authorities.
A spokesperson said, “It will be held at our museum for the artist to collect or donate to our collection.”
“We have set out a process to manage our journey. We have established a history commission which will help us tell our full city history,” he said.
“As we learn this fuller history including the part played by black people, women, the working class, trade unions, and children among others, we will be in a better position to understand who we are, how we got here and who we wish to honor.”
“Crucial to our heritage has been the harbor and the docks, manufacturing and industry, research and innovation, transport, slum clearances, housing, modern gentrification, and faith. As the commission shares this information, the city will decide on city memorials and the future of the plinth.”
The statue will hopefully be erected again in the same spot… but it’s safe to say that locals aren’t impressed with this move.
And it is such a shame to see the artist’s hard work be dragged down.
Keep on reading to find out about the vandal who splattered red paint over the Black Lives Matter mural outside of Trump Tower…