Kilkis wrote:There is quite a deep vein of racism running through Greek society, Andrew, it is just not directed at people like us so you don't really experience it. Even if you do experience, and I have, it is very mild and greatly outweighed by the more common respect. ......
Maud wrote:History is one thing. Erecting statues to people who made money out of selling human beings Is another. Statues are usually there to glorify a person. The removal of the Colston statue had been under discussion for quite a few years. - It has a place in history.....but that place is in a museum.
I don’t condone the desecrating of it, but I can understand why it happened. Bristol is a small city with a very diverse population. It has two universities and has always had a young population. Many people who study in the city remain after they graduate. It has a ‘good feel’ about it. It is not full of aggressive reformers trying to alter history. On the contrary, it is proud of its Brunel connection re the suspension bridge etc. I think the removal of the stature, and the re-positioning of it in a museum, would have been a much better outcome. I struggle with the idea that a statue to a slave trader should be on view in a prominent location.
As I said earlier, statues are erected to honour people. Colston did not deserve to be honoured, even though he used is ill met gains for good purposes eventually. - Blood money is never good money!
YoMo2 wrote:...Well, I suppose I could probably do that if I popped up to Exarchia of an evening, but at least the police wouldn't be standing around watching.
Maud wrote: When I did my first teaching practise in the late 1960’s, the regular class teacher was West African. Coincidentally we shared a surname. I always think back happily at how the class of 10 year olds asked me on my first day if I was their teachers daughter?!! I just wish that sense of innocence still existed everywhere.
I am a dreamer!
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