The statue, in fact, no longer the statue, only the base, was once famously of Edward Colston, known as “one of the most virtuous and wise sons of their <Bristol> city.” He was a merchant, a charity worker, but also a slave trader – who “contributed” significantly in the trade of more than 80.000 men, women and children from Africa to America in the 17th century. The toppling of the statute, happened on 7 June 2020, became a part of the Black Lives Matter campaign. I was not there when the statue was dragged to the harbour of the city, but standing in front of the remnants, I could feel the resentment, urge for justice and the entrenched inequality in the society. What can we do to make the lives we are living a better place?
Bristol, UK, 10 Nov 2020