Thousands of people gathered outside the gates of Oriel College, one of Oxford University’s educational centers, on Tuesday to request the removal of the statue dedicated to one of the greatest figures in British colonial history, Supremacist Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902).
The allegation came days after another statue, that of merchant and slave trader Edward Colston, was thrown into the river in Bristol. “Nobody will feel their loss,” said the city’s mayor, Mavin Rees, the son of a Jamaican immigrant.
It wasn’t the only one. Protesters in London wrote the words “He was a racist” at the foot of the statue of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in connection with the mobilizations and protests against racism, police violence and the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.
The crime on the streets of Oxford was supported by nearly thirty workers’ councils who sent a letter to the University of Oxford asking for the statue to be removed because it was “incompatible” with the city’s “commitment to anti-racism”.