Oxford Students Want ‘Racist’ Statue Removed

A group of students at Oxford University has called for a statue to be taken down because it is claimed to symbolise racism and colonialism.

The statue of Cecil Rhodes – dubbed by some the founding father of Apartheid – is more than 100 years old and sits in a Grade II listed building at Oriel College.

The group wants the university to follow the example of the University of Cape Town which pulled down its statue of the white supremacist in April.

Annie Teriba is a member of Oxford University’s Rhodes Must Fall movement.  The second year history and politics student told Sky News the statue represents institutional racism.

“It’s a reminder, more than being a statue, that when this university was built it wasn’t built with us in mind it was built off the back of exploiting labour and the colonial project and it’s something that still gets celebrated in the form of a statue. That’s something that students of colour really take seriously.

See link here http://news.sky.com/story/1517577/oxford-students-want-racist-statue-removed

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