Statues and monuments of racist figures and those who perpetuated slavery, in the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere are now being torn down by protestors amid the Black Lives Matter protests which were sparked by the unjust killing of George Floyd on May 25, by four policemen in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Protesters in Bristol, UK, reportedly toppled a statue of slave trader Edward Colston.
And in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday night (June 9), a 93-year-old statue of Christopher Columbus was brought down, set on fire, and thrown in a lake as bystanders chanted “Tear it down.”
The protesters left in the spot where the statue originally stood, a cardboard sign with the words: “Columbus Represents Genocide.”
This comes as Jamaica’s Culture Minister Olivia Grange, said she was disposed to having a conversation on the removal of statues of colonial-era icons in Jamaica, such as Christopher Columbus in St Ann, Admiral George Rodney in Emancipation Square in Spanish Town, and Queen Victoria at the eastern gate of Sir William Grant Park in downtown Kingston.