Politics

The High Price of Toppling Statues

The desecration of property has been an unfortunate by-product of the more extreme fringes of the George Floyd protesting movement. In Britain the vandalism and defilement reached new heights when historical monuments were the subject of protester wrath. In Bristol on Sunday June 7, Black Lives Matter protesters toppled a bronze statue of seventeenth-century British philanthropist, politician and slave trader Edward Colston, provoking cheers from the enthralled witnesses. History has, correctly, not been kind to Colston and many viewed the act as deserved vengeance that was a long time coming. Bristol’s own mayor acknowledged that he had never liked its…

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