Dirty money keeps Rhodes stand­ing

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Ma­sitha Hoeane via email So

the statue of Ce­cil John Rhodes at Oriel Col­lege, Ox­ford, won’t fall. The rea­son? Alumni threaten to with­draw mil­lions in do­na­tions. This goes to the heart of what makes Western so­ci­ety so sick.

Chris Pat­ten, the chan­cel­lor of Ox­ford, said: “Our his­tory is not a blank page on which we can write our own ver­sion of what it should have been.”

So it’s okay for colonis­ing crim­i­nals to ac­quire wealth through plun­der and mur­der, and then play hero with the dirty money?

Peo­ple find the do­ings of Rhodes in­hu­man and re­pul­sive. It’s not about com­pet­ing ver­sions, but com­pet­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tions and value judge­ments.

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