BANKSY'S PROPOSAL TO REPLACE EDWARD COLSTON STATUE IN BRISTOL

While the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced a review of all statues connected to slavery.

By Balthazar Malevolent

BANKSY'S PROPOSAL TO REPLACE EDWARD COLSTON STATUE IN BRISTOL

After his new work in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Banksy returns to Instagram to share another piece and proposition surrounding Edward Colston's controversial and now-topped statue in Bristol. Colston was a slave trader of the 17th century who was responsible for shipping more than 80,000 enslaved persons between 1672 and 1689. Last Sunday, protesters took down Colston's statue from its pedestal, located in downtown Bristol, and sank it down to the bottom of the Avon River.

Banksy's Edward Colston statue Bristol proposal.

The enigmatic street artist and fellow Bristol-native is now asking: "What do we do about the empty plinth in Bristol's middle?" The artist expanded on his suggestion, saying: "This is an idea that suits both those who miss the statue of Colston and those who don't. We take him out of the water, place him back on the plinth, tie cable round his neck and commission some life-size bronze statues of protesters in the act of taking him down. Happy everyone. Commemorated a fameful day."

While the post of Banksy receives many positive responses, removing the statue of Colston also fuel conversations on other public works that memorize controversial figures in Britain. London Mayor Sadiq Khan made an official statement to review all the monuments in London which have links to slavery. BBC News recently announced that another slaveholder statue named Robert Milligan was vandalized and removed from outside London Docklands Museum.

Lately in the United States, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced plans to remove the Robert E. Lee's 130-year-old statue — who was the Confederate Army general during the American Civil War. Northam's attempt to tear down the notorious landmark lies following the ongoing demonstrations by Black Lives Matter that took place nationally in the aftermath of George Floyd's assassination.

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