Edward Colston made his fortune from the slave trade but was still seen as a philanthropist during the 19th century. In 1895, the city of Bristol erected a monument in his honour. By the end of the 20th century the statue had become controversial, however the authorities never took it down. In 2020, during the global protests following the killing of George Floyd, Colston’s statue was pulled down by demonstrators and pushed into the Bristol Harbour. A debate then ensued. While some saw the toppling of the statue as an act of vandalism entailing criminal damage, others saw it as a legitimate way of protesting racism. This activity is aimed at those interested in philosophy and the politics of memorialisation. Students are encouraged to participate.
Join moral philosopher Paula Satne to discuss the philosophical issues surrounding the toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in 2020. A video and activity pack will be circulated with registered attendees before the event.
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