Colston made the bulk of his vast fortune with the Royal African Company (RAC). The company had a monopoly on the West African slave trade and it branded its RAC initials on the slaves’ chests. His statue was sent to a watery grave when demonstrators threw it into Bristol Harbor on Sunday.
ALSO ON RT.COMWATCH protesters TEAR DOWN statue of slave trader in BristolThe striking scenes have prompted a raft of suggestions for further demolitions, as some in Britain have suggested that the country should attempt to come to terms with its blood-drenched history. Winston Churchill, Oliver Cromwell and imperialist Cecil Rhodes have led the nominations, while Margaret Thatcher, prime minister from 1979 to 1990, also drew some fire.
However, his legacy in India is defined by policies that contributed to the Bengal Famine of 1943, which resulted in up to three million deaths. He was also known for expressing disparaging views about a range of peoples and religions including Indians, Africans, Irish, Hinduism and Islam.
Walked down Whitehall and past Parliament on my way home from work this morning (out of curiosity following the protests) and I saw these guys cleaning the graffiti off the Churchill statue, thought they’d been ordered by the police to do it, but they got up early to volunteer