Meanwhile, in Bristol, UK, demonstrators pulled down the statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston and threw it in the harbour.

This follows years of debate on changing the wording on the plaque to acknowledge his role in the slave trade, and the rather conditional nature of the philanthropy he used the profits for.


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A good reminder of how philanthropy and charity usually serve to uphold the violences that created the conditions for philanthropy and charity to be a thing in the first place.

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