At Least 69 Monuments and Memorials Removed or Renamed Amid Ongoing BLM Mania
At least 69 monuments and memorials in England have been removed, renamed, or altered after Black Lives Matter (BLM) swept the country.
39 names – including streets, buildings, and schools – and 30 statues, plaques, and other memorials have been or are undergoing changes or removal” since BLM unrest swept across the Atlantic from the United States to the United Kingdom and, lacking a George Floyd figure to rally behind, made Britain’s history and built heritage its primary target.
Victims of the purge include not only “slave traders” such as Edward Colston, a once-revered Christian philanthropist, parliamentarian, and merchant who, being born in 1636, had some business links to the slave trade, has had his statue in Bristol ripped down by a mob, a stained glass window memorialising him taken down by the Church, and several buildings named in his honour rebranded.
They also include figures such as Scottish Enlightenment philosopher David Hume, in his day — the 18th century — something of a progressive figure, now cancelled by his alma mater for expressing some views considered politically correct by 21st-century standards — and Sir William Gladstone, celebrated as one of Britain’s greatest prime ministers until recently, now cancelled because his father had a financial stake in Caribbean plantations which used slave labour prior to abolition.
There are many more monuments and memorials not taken down by woke public officials, institutions, and businesses which have been vandalised or otherwise targeted by BLM activists and rioters.
Among the most well-known targets are the Cenotaph national war memorial to the ‘Glorious Dead’ of the world wars and subsequent conflicts, the statue of Sir Winston Churchill — repeatedly defaced with graffiti branding him a “racist” — in Parliament Square, and a statue of Queen Victoria in Leeds, daubed with pejoratives such as “whore”, “slag”, and “slave owner” (which is historically inaccurate).