London, 10 June 2020 – Besides the many British who identify themselves with a culture of racism and see the removal of public statues and monuments glorifying slave traders as a deprivation ‘erasing’ their history, rationality and democracy are currently prevailing:
The following day the historic toppling of 17th century slave trader Edward Coulson in Bristol, local Councils in London have anticipated a wave of justifiable rage against the institutionalised racism: monument to slave trader Robert Milligan has been removed from West India Quay and many others will be ‘legally toppled’ at the hands of local govs.
It’s clear there’s huge concern across local (and national) governments over escalation of protest as anti-racism movements might go on toppling statues and horrifying symbols of colonialism still, unjustifiably, allowed across Britain and de facto giving historical and cultural ground to racism primarily against black people.
But this acknowledgement of people’s need for radical change looks more a preventive measure to calm down protest and avert its mutation into 2011 style riots than a genuine will to deliver justice and a cultural step forward across the UK, apart from London where Mayor Sadiq Khan is himself a guarantee of true commitment to eradicating racism and related discrimination.
“We must use this moment as a catalyst for change to tackle racism, discrimination and inequality – he tweeted – That’s why I’ve tasked City Hall to work on a new, urgent action plan to be developed with community groups and look at how we improve trust and confidence”.