London’s mayor says authorities could soon rip historic statues of from Britain’s streets in reaction to racial injustice protests.
Sadiq Khan said statues and street names in London with links to slavery “should be taken down”, as he revealed he was setting up a commission to ensure the British capital’s monuments reflected its diversity.
Statues of figures linked to the slave trade ‘should be taken down, says London’s mayor.
The Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm will review statues, murals, street art, street names and other memorials and consider which legacies should be celebrated, the mayor’s office said.
“It is an uncomfortable truth that our nation and city owes a large part of its wealth to its role in the slave trade and while this is reflected in our public realm, the contribution of many of our communities to life in our capital has been willfully ignored,” Mr Khan said.
His comments come after anti-racism protesters tore down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol, in England’s south-west, on Sunday.
Sadiq Khan said he had set up a commission to review the capital’s landmarks
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