MP wants ‘of­fen­sive’ statue of slave trader to be re­moved

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Yo­hannes Lowe

AN MP has called for a slave trader’s statue to be re­moved be­cause it of­fends black peo­ple.

Thangam Deb­bonaire, the Labour MP for Bris­tol West, wants the memo­rial to Ed­ward Col­ston to be taken down as she said the city “should not be honour­ing peo­ple who ben­e­fited from slav­ery”.

Col­ston made his for­tune through cap­i­tal trad­ing in slaves, cloth, wine and sugar.

His statue has en­raged many lo­cals who feel his pres­ence is dis­re­spect­ful to black Bris­to­lians who have to walk past it ev­ery day. Speak­ing at a Black His­tory Month event at Bris­tol’s City Hall, at­tended by Jeremy Cor­byn, Mrs De­bon­naire said: “Hav­ing stat­ues of peo­ple who op­pressed us is not a good thing to be say­ing to black peo­ple in this city.”

The Labour MP’S ap­peal has been met with op­po­si­tion from Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lors who be­lieve the statue should re­main so that the his­tory of Col­ston’s ac­tions is not erased.

The statue of Ed­ward Col­ston in Bris­tol city cen­tre has an­gered many lo­cal peo­ple

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