Statues around the world are coming down at an unprecedented speed.
Ever since Edward Colston’s statue was pulled down in Bristol, mayors and citizens alike are reconsidering what role statues of slave traders – and even streets named after people who made their fortunes from the slave trade – have in public life.
As some archivists and historians have pointed out, there are other ways to educate people about the history of the slave trade – and for most people, knowledge of who Edward Colston has come after the statue was pulled down.
Since then, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has commissioned a review into links to the slave trade, and even pulled down another statue, of Robert Miligan, in the east end of London (after much campaigning on the issue from members of the community).
Now, the Tory MP for Crawley has suggested that a statue of Karl Marx come down too, saying that he was an antisemite and responsible for the deaths of millions.
Mayor of London Monument Removal Application:
Location: Memorial in Highgate
Subject: Karl Marx
Reason: Promotio… https://t.co/ZwN2ty8z8G
— Henry Smith MP 🇬🇧 (@Henry Smith MP 🇬🇧)
In replies, people pointed out the obvious – that the statue he was referring to is a monument at a grave, and that Marx himself was Jewish.
@HenrySmithUK You're calling for a Jewish grave to be desecrated? There's a name for this sort of thing.