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Leopold, Edward Colston, Robert E. Lee – Racist Statues are Being Taken Down Across the World

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No longer are black people letting the figures of their oppression stand and be honoured. Across the world, statues in honour of deeply racist leaders are being brought down.

The killing of George Floyd has led to a reckoning not just in Minneapolis where it occurred, or even in the USA, but across the world. Black people are marching, declaring that their lives matter.

In the UK, the 125 years old 18 feet statue of slave trader Edward Colston was brought down during the #BlackLivesMatter protest.

According to Guardian, Colston is believed to have sold about 100,000 humans from West Africa from which he made his fortune. Despite this humanity, a giant statue in honour of him stood for 125 years. Until June 2020.

And the same thing is happening across the world. In Belgium statues of the genocidal Leopold has been defaced or brought down. In Virginia the governor Ralph Northam has said the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee will be brought down, and several other confederacy statues have either being defaced or brought down.

And … what about in Nigeria?

While there aren’t 15-foot statues in honour of racists standing around, we do have street names in honour of colonialists who carried out great injustices. Streets and roads along Ikoyi, in Abuja, and other major cities are named after old colonial leaders like Lugard.

Isn’t it time to change the names of these streets, have them honour homegrown legends like Dora Akunyili and Stella Adadevoh.

While we await our own reckoning, let’s see some images from across the world of people bringing down statues of racists.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – JUNE 7: A statue of the Belgium King, Leopold II is seen in a park on June 7, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. Léopold Louis-Philippe Marie Victor de Saxe-Cobourg-Gotha exercised de facto sovereignty on Congo Free State from 1885 to 1908. A petition was launched on June 1 to remove all statues in honour of this colonial-era King from the City of Brussels, after worldwide anti-racist protests following the death of George Floyd, a black US citizen who died after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – JUNE 06: Protesters gather around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue on June 6, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia, amidst protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced plans to remove the statue. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – JUNE 06: Splashes of paint are seen on the J. E. B. Stuart Monument on June 6, 2020 amidst protests to remove the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced plans to take down the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee earlier in the week. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, – JUNE 06: The statue of Revolutionary War General Casimir Pulaski was spray painted during a protest against police brutality and racism on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. This is the 12th day of protests with people descending on the city to peacefully demonstrate in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25th. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JUNE 06: A protest placard is affixed to the plinth of a statue of the Duke of Wellington on the second day of Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Piccadilly Gardens on June 06, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 07: People try to clean graffiti off the Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square outside the Houses of Parliament after a Black Lives Matter protest on June 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 07: Protesters gather in Parliament Square Garden around the statue of Winston Churchill which has graffiti with the words “was a racist” outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster during a Black Lives Matter protest on June 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 07: A placard reading “Black Lives Matter” is placed between the hands of the Nelson Mandela statue in Parliament Square Garden outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster during a Black Lives Matter protest on June 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

3 Comments

  1. Temi Tope

    June 8, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    AHAHAHAHA! THIS NEW GENERATION AND THE ONE THAT HAVE ALSO SUFFERED RACISM ARE LETTING THEIR VOICES HEARD. BUT WHAT I LIKE MORE ABOUT THIS IS THAT ALL COLORS ARE THERE: WHITE, BLACK, BROWN, YELLOW , EVERYONE..
    The World is Changing and it is really changing..
    Even when you enter a store being a Medical Doctor black, and a homeless white man enters the store, they will give more respect to the HOMELESS, LOW CLASS , BROKEN TEETH WHITE MAN..

    CHANGE IS ON THE WAY

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  2. Temi Tope

    June 8, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    According to Guardian, Colston is believed to have sold about 100,000 humans rom West Africa from which he made his fortune. Despite this humanity, a giant statue in honour of him stood for 125 years. Until June 2020.

    AND IT COINCIDED THE MONTH MY ONLY DAUGHTER WAS BORN MY OMOBINRIN MI.. and she was born in 2000 exactly in June..

    The God I trust never SLEEPS!! MY GOD IS GOOD OOOOOOOOO

  3. by_stander

    June 10, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    People are just waking up to the fact that their inalienable rights has been infringed upon for years by just a handful of fools, in Africa its those Lawyers and Accountants that have been infringing on peoples rights and stagnating our progress.

    This is the outcome.

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