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