Earlier this year, the statue of the British slave trader, Edward Colston, was vandalized, torn down, and thrown in a river - and quite rightly so.
But now, the controversial monument has been replaced with a statue of something else entirely...
2020 is the year of change.The Black Lives Matter movement is more prominent than ever before as people finally take a stand against the blatant racism occurring all over the world.
And one of the most popular methods of getting the message across?Well, it's tearing down statues and monuments of historically racist figures, of course!
Tearing down the statues of slave traders and other controversial figures is the latest trend of 2020...And boy, is it long overdue. Keep scrolling to see the best examples of racist figures finally being recognized for what they were...
One of the first instances was the vandalism of a statue of former Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, in London, England.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.
And it didn't take long for the trend to reach the United States...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.
Controversy has surrounded Columbus' name for many years now...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.
The statue was set on fire and covered in graffiti...And protesters then dumped it in Richmond's Fountain lake as a final demand for justice.
Over in Portland, George Washington was then ripped from his stand and set on fire.
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.
Protesters in Virginia tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus, setting it on fire and throwing it into a lake.… https://t.co/jbzu9TlMjs— AJ+ (@AJ+)1591791136.0
The American Museum of Natural History then announced the removal of a prominent monument of theirs...The statue of the former president, Theodore Roosevelt, who has been embroiled in controversy for decades.
The majority of people online have spoken in favor of this movement...And many believe that all statues of anyone affiliated with slavery and racism in any form should be torn down permanently.
But now, the movement has been taken one step further...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.
A video from Bristol, England, went viral earlier this year after protesters tore down a statue of 17th Century slave trader, Edward Colston...
Before throwing it into a nearby river.
Historic scenes in Bristol as protesters kneel on the neck of the toppled statue of Edward Colston for eight minute… https://t.co/p7VVmxHW7n— Martin Booth (@Martin Booth)1591539194.0
Colston was a slave trader...
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.
The moment a statue of slave trader Edward Colston toppled into Bristol’s harbour. ‘It’s what he deserves. I’ve bee… https://t.co/xzJLp90l6r— Sarah Turnnidge (@Sarah Turnnidge)1591542295.0