On 7th June, ‘Black Lives Matter’ protestors in Bristol took to the streets to show their support for the movement, which resulted in the controversial statue of Edward Colston being torn down and thrown into the harbour.
The statue has been the topic of debate for years, dividing the city on whether it should stay put or be removed. Finally, the decision was taken out of the hands of the council, and protestors showed no remorse for the slave traders’ statue as it was rolled through Bristol’s city centre and discarded in the cities harbour.
10,000 people are said to have made it to the city centre, equipped with anti–racism signs and relentless energy towards the ‘Black Lives Matter’ cause. Images and videos of the statues removal quickly found their way onto the internet, sparking debate across the country as to whether this should be considered a senseless act of vandalism, or a fate that the statue had deserved for some time.
Colston was a member of the Royal African Company, which transported about 80,000 men, women and children from Africa to the Americas in the 17th century. Edward Colston’s statue represented hundreds of years of systematic oppression. It has already inspired others to petition for other outdated statues and symbols considered to be racist, to be removed across the UK.
If you wish to play your part, there are a list of petitions and donations below to support this cause.
Important Links to Donate and Petitions:
A Master List of Loads of Donations/Petitions/Educational Resources- https://crackmagazine.net/article/long-reads/help-black-lives-matter-protests-donate-organisations/?fbclid=IwAR364hbfnz0Jj4cfy8o1T0AXapdp6a-n1gMRk1WW4E-HW67bI9SLuk2MoKM
Battle Racism by Updating GCSE Reading Lists- https://www.change.org/p/department-of-education-battle-racism-by-updating-reading-lists-at-gcse?original_footer_petition_id=22016318&algorithm=promoted&source_location=petition_footer&grid_position=4&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAGjfVwEAAAAAXtYwsYxVWPNmYmEwODJjZQ%3D%3D
Justice for Belly Mujinga- https://www.change.org/p/govia-thameslink-justice-for-belly-mujinga-justiceforbellymujinga?original_footer_petition_id=22536040&algorithm=promoted&source_location=petition_footer&grid_position=4&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAASnUQEAAAAAXtYxCkz3BEtlMjI0YWFhYQ%3D%3D
Black Lives Matter Important Information- https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
Suspend Export of Arms and Riot Gear to America During Violent Attacks By US Police- https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-suspend-uk-export-of-arms-and-riot-gear-to-usa?recruited_by_id=37646100-a530-11ea-a70b-091d44c0a621
Exist Loudly Fund (supports queer black young people in London and UK)- https://www.gofundme.com/f/exist-loudly-fund-to-support-queer-black-yp?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1
The Stephen Lawrence Fund- https://www.stephenlawrence.org.uk/support-us/
Show Racism The Red Card (educational charity)- https://www.stephenlawrence.org.uk/support-us/
Featured Photography: Maya Bond-Webster