While black activists and their allies take to the UK’s streets, asking for structural change to combat racism, prime minister Boris Johnson is still intent on talking about statues.
Seemingly determined to give the impression that the entire Black Lives Matter movement is geared towards one goal – removing some old blocks of stone – in order to solve racism, Johnson has once again been defending a monument from an imaginary threat.
Writing in a newDaily Telegraph column, Johnson warned against “photo[shopping] history”.
“I will resist with every breath in my body any attempt to remove that statue from Parliament Square, and the sooner his protective shielding comes off the better,” he wrote, adding:
I am also extremely dubious about the growing campaign to edit or photoshop the entire cultural landscape.
If we start purging the record and removing the images of all but those whose attitudes conform to our own, we are engaged in a great lie, a distortion of our history, like some public figure furtively trying to make themselves look better by editing their own Wikipedia entry.
However, Johnson’s comments have received pushback because, as many have pointed out, they’re not entirely accurate. Funny that.
Author Alex Niven bemusedly reminded everyone that actually, things get changed in the cultural and social landscape all the time.
I mean I honestly just don't understand this argument at its most basic level. Things are demolished/renamed/remode… https://t.co/n7QXMbXgmA