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BLACK LIVES MATTER

Over the past couple of weeks, there have been an outbreak of protests across the globe since George Floyd was sadly murdered. The murder of Floyd sparked outrage from the public, so it was time to speak up once again about racism.


Near to my home, anti Racism protesters took the opportunity to bring down the Colston statue in Bristol, a former slave trader in the 1600's and dump the statue into the river. A few days after, it was announced that the famous statue will be put up in Bristol museum, alongside a note that was found from 1865 when it was taken out of the river to be cleaned. As well as that, the council have taken it upon themselves to also re-name Colston hall, a well known place where concerts are held. For those who are unaware, Edward Colston helped build Bristol in the 1600/1700's, however he made his fortune through human suffering. Between 1672 and 1689, his ships are believed to have transported about 80,000 men, women and children from Africa to the Americas.


As the weeks are passing, more protests are happening, especially in America. Since the Edward Colston statue was taken down, more have been removed either by the public during the protests or by the local council. There may be a divided opinion on people tearing these statues down, but the reasoning behind it is much more. Why would you want a former slave trader in your city? They may of made something of themselves but it was though human suffering which is what we don't want. This is the 21st century and we still have open peoples eyes and get them to realise that we are all equal human beings!





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