In Bristol there used to be a statute of a slave trader, Edward Coulson. He spent some of the profits from slave trading on beautifying Bristol and as he was at the time thought to be a great guy the city of Bristol erected a statue of him.
But no more. During a Black Lives matter protest the statute has been taken down and deposited into the nearby harbour.
The York Press has this description:
Police have launched an investigation after protesters in Bristol pulled down the controversial statue of a 17th Century slave trader.
The bronze memorial to Edward Colston, situated in the city centre since 1895, was torn down after crowds left the city’s College Green and later was dumped into Bristol harbour.
On Sunday, around 10,000 people took part in the Black Lives Matter demonstration, which was praised by Avon and Somerset police for being “peaceful and respectful”.
No arrest were made, but officers are now said to be collating footage of a “small group of people” who were filmed pulling down the statue with ropes, which police say amounted to criminal damage.
The statute understandably caused a great deal of consternation. Again from the article:
… protester John McAllister, 71, tore down black bin bags used to hide the statue to denounce it in front of fellow protesters.
He said: “It says ‘erected by the citizens of Bristol, as a memorial to one of the most virtuous and wise sons of this city’.
“The man was a slave trader. He was generous to Bristol but it was off the back of slavery and it’s absolutely despicable. It’s an insult to the people of Bristol.”
Twitter had a field day and a wag started a feed mimicing the excuses offered by police throughout the world when protesters find themselves injured while engaging with the police.
It started with this tweet:
Some of the responses are hilarious.
Google Maps and Wikipedia were almost instantaneously updated.
Within minutes of the statue of Edward Colston (slave trader) being pulled down in Bristol, then pushed into the harbour, Google Maps came through with these matter-of-fact updates. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/V9FQPIufHt— Jim Chuchu (@jimchuchu) June 7, 2020