Monday, 8 June 2020

This Tory statue outrage is the latest manifestation of their 'property above people' ideology


On Sunday June 7th 2020 anti-racism protesters tore down the Edward Colston statue in Bristol and threw it into Bristol Harbour. Many would argue that this represented a fitting end for a statue of a slave trader whose ships threw 19,000 slaves into the Atlantic Ocean.

The outraged Tory reaction to the removal of this slave trader statue is an absolutely telling demonstration of their militant ‘property above people’ ideology.

In the midst of a huge global uprising against racism, you might have thought that the Tories would have tried to keep a low profile, given their very recent history of implementing unlawful systematically racist policies, and the racist words and actions of their leader. But no, they couldn’t help themselves.

The unlawfully racist Tory Hostile Environment resulted in the systematic persecution of black British citizens. They were denied housing, employment, social security, banking services, and even life saving medical treatment. Scores were even deported, with several actually dying in exile overseas.

But Tory MPs have more tears for the fallen statue of a historical slave trader than for the thousands of real life victims of their own Windrush scandal!

We all know the Tories love a statue of a racist, because in the middle of the 2019 General Election campaign Boris Johnson and a load of other senior Tories flocked to Plymouth to pay homage to a statue of the notorious antisemite and anti-black racist Nancy Astor.

Not only was Astor a vile fascist sympathiser and antisemite who described Adolf Hitler as a welcome solution to the “world problem of Jews”, she also told a room full of African Americans that they should be “grateful for slavery”!

It’s absolutely beyond question that Tories see more value in statues of racists, than in the actual lives of the people who have suffered at the hands of slave traders, fascists, antisemites, and their own racist policies of systematic anti-black discrimination.

The rhetoric they’ve used to defend their beloved slave-trader statue gives a horrifying insight into the Tory mindset.

Their primary tactic has been to adopt the ludicrous pretence that removing monuments and statues to discredited figures and ideologies equates to erasure of history, which is a ludicrously weak argument.

Did these Tories cry bitter tears of frustration about the erasure of history when monuments to Lenin were torn down in post-Soviet Russia? Of course they didn’t.

Did they howl with outrage when the statue of Saddam Hussain was torn down in Baghdad, and the symbols of Ba’athism were destroyed across Iraq? Of course they didn’t.

Did they vehemently object the erasure of history when statues and monuments to Jimmy Savile were removed after his depraved crimes came to light? Of course they didn’t.

Would they argue that it was wrong to remove all the Swastikas and monuments to Hitler after the defeat of Nazi Germany? Because any kind of consistent application of their erasure of history principle suggests they believe Germany should still be covered in the iconography of Nazi Germany, and Russia should still be covered in the symbolism of the Soviet Union.

Then there’s the nonsensical demand that people should have just waited for politicians to sort it out, rather than taking matters into their own hands.

The problem of course is that the people of Bristol left it in the hands of the politicians to sort out, and instead of taking the required action of calmly taking the statue down, moving it somewhere appropriate (like a slavery museum) and then replacing it with a monument to the victims of the transatlantic slave trade, they spent literally years debating the precise wording of a plaque to be attached to the plinth!

And the local council allowed the slavery apologists at the Society of Merchant Venturers more say on the wording of the plaque than black civil rights activists in the city, or even the mayor!

No wonder people got sick of the political game-playing and eventually took matters into their own hands.

Another problem with the Tory erasure of history attack line is the fact that in one single day the removal of the statue did more to raise public awareness about Britain’s participation in the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade than leaving the statue in place for another century would have done (ridiculous plaque or not).

As David Olusoga pointed out, the removal of the statue wasn’t erasure of history, it was actually a defining moment of history.

And if the Tories really gave a damn about the erasure of history where were their torrents of outrage when the Windrush boarding cards were destroyed by the Home Office, or when the national records were vandalised to erase Britain’s colonial crimes?

The Tory objections to the destruction of actual historical records were non-existent of course, because they don’t mind history being erased if erasing it suits their purposes, and because their erasure of history argument is obviously just disingenuous nonsense to obscure the actual reason they’re enraged by the removal of a slave trader statue.

Perhaps the most despicable Tory argument of all is the way they invoked the Holocaust Museum at Auschwitz as if it constitutes some kind of direct comparison.

’If the Auschwitz concentration camp wasn’t demolished, how dare you pull down our slave trader statue?’

The answer of course is that Auschwitz was preserved as a memorial museum about the Holocaust, while the Edward Colston statue was erected as a memorial to a slave trader.

You’d have to be disgustingly ignorant, or wilfully obtuse to treat them as identical cases.

But what’s even more sickening than this grotesquely misleading comparison in itself, is the way that Tories will dredge up the suffering of one people, in order to whitewash the suffering of another.

Let’s remind Jewish people of the horrors of the Holocaust in our hastily constructed, and searingly incoherent justification of a modern day monument to a slave trader!

The Tory reaction to the removal of this slave trader statue has been divisive, deluded, depraved, and above all disingenuous.

It’s divisive because demanding that memorials to slave-traders should be left standing is an insult to all right-minded people who object to the Tory ‘property above people’ mentality, it’s a spit in the eye for black Brits, and it's especially insulting to the African American and Caribbean descendants of the victims of the transatlantic slave trade.

It's deluded because leaving it to the politicians resulted in endless naval gazing over the precise wording of a stupid little plaque, rather than the required action of just calmly taking it down and replacing it with a memorial to the victims of slavery.

It’s depraved because the logical conclusion of their erasure of history argument would mean leaving Swastikas over Germany, the Saddam Hussain statue in Baghdad, and all the Jimmy Savile statues and monuments that used to be dotted around Leeds.

And above all it’s disingenuous because whatever rhetoric they're spouting to oppose the removal of this statue, the real reason they're so furious is that slave-trader Colston was a Tory MP, and they see the removal of this monument to one of their beloved Tory brethren as an attack on Toryism.


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34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jeremy Corbyn praised Conservative Nancy Astor’s legacy saying: “I’m really pleased the statue is going up”.

No idea who this Jeremy Corbyn guy is, but I bet he's one of those Tory backbenchers.

Anonymous said...

@anomyous

HE PRAISED THE STATUE OF A NAZI SYMPATHISER! YOU LEGEND MATE. LOLOLOL FUCK CORBYN. AH HA HA!

Anonymous said...

OMG ASTOR WANTED TO GET RID OF JEWS BECAUSE SHE THOUGHT THEY WERE A PROBLEM AND CORBYN SUPPORTED HER STATUE! THIS IS HILARIOUS! THOMAS HAS ABSOLUTELY SHOT HIMSELF IN THE FOOT AGAIN! LOLOLOL. GUYS THIS IS GREAT.

Anonymous said...

Jeremy Corbyn: national socialist. Ok, Ok I'm done. Whew, and breathe.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Jimmy Savile, world's biggest pervert often seen with tories. Mrs Thatcher was a hug fan, maybe you all heard of her!


Lolol yerself fuckwits, anyone can make false comparisons AND I HAZ CAPLOCK TWO.

morons.

Anonymous said...

LOL. I couldn't give a fuck about the Tories buddy. Labour and Cons, all scum. However, Jimmy Saville is bad mate... But he's not quiet HITLER IS HE! TROLOLOL

Anonymous said...

OMG you lot are fuckhen clueless. Get ta fuck. LOL

Anonymous said...

YOU THINK MAYBE ANTIFA AND BLM COULD GET TOGETHER AND SORT OUT THE GANGS IN LONDON? THEY COULD SOLVE KNIFE CRIME IF THEY JUST GOT TOGETHER LIKE THEY DID IN BRISTOL. BELIEVE!

Anonymous said...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/52890363

YOU'RE 25% MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED IN POLICE CUSTODY IF YO'RE WHITE ACCORDING TO THE BBC. BLM AND ANTIFA SHOULD SORT THIS OUT! NO MORE POLICE BECAUSE WE CAN POLICE OURSELVES WITH ARMED MILITIAS AND... fuck me you guys are thick as pig shit.

Unknown said...

Some interesting points and I don't often say that about these echo chambers. What would you say to people who argue it was a memory of his philanthropic work and slavery at the time, wrongly, was commonplace, so for that reason it should stay. Genuinely interested.Let me know.

Anonymous said...

Hi fannyboy, how's the onanism going?

Anonymous said...

YOU'RE A FANNYBOY YOU SAD COMMIE PEDO TROLOL. ANONYMOUS IS GONNA TAKE A SHIT ON CHURCHILL GUYS. HE SAW RANDY MARSH DO IT ON SOUTHPARK.

Gulliver Foyle said...

@Unknown

The best response I have read to that particular argument is, would it be Ok to put up a statue of Saville outside your house if it was to commemorate his charity work but not his pedophilia?

Colston's statue was commissioned about 100 years after his time by the Victorians, so it's as much a reflection on Victorian sensibilities to race and what was considered acceptable at that time as what the pulling down of the statue is now. I would assume those who commissioned the statue were well aware of Colston's "legacy" but didn't see it as a problem then, what is interesting is, in this 'not at all racist country" of ours people are going nuts over the pulling down of a statue of a slave trader they'd never previously heard of.

And I don't believe the Tory's are necessarily putting property above people here. Like the hostile environment and the windrush scandal it generated, it appeals to their targeted demographic and it's sadly a large enough demographic that just handed them an 80 seat majority.

Unknown said...

RABBLERABBLERABBLERABBLE

Feckin south park? Wow you guys are so edgy and up to frikking date!

Oh, and I wasn't talking to you, would the real fannyboy please stand up?

Anonymous said...

WE SHOULD PISS ON ALL THE STATUES IN ENGERLUND BECAUSE FUCK RACISM! WE SHOULD BURN DOWN ALL THE EMBASSY'S BECAUSE ALL THOSE COUNTRIES BENEFITED FROM RACIST SLAVERY BEFORE THE BRITISH EMPIRE ABOLISHED IT.

You bunch of pedo cunts. LOL.

Anonymous said...

The mad guy with the hard on for caps aside...

No one's going to mention Jeremy Corbyn supporting a statue for a Nazi sympathiser?

Anonymous said...

Hey Tankie. I managed to pull out in time all over your mother's face then paid the agreed upon fiver. You can thank me later after you've had that chocolate milk she likes to get you. Jesus, walked into that one didn't you.

Anonymous said...

Good for you mate, just one thing, who exactly is pimping out my mother's corpse and did you enjoy decades dead muff?

You can't walk without tripping on your idiocy.

Anonymous said...

The thing about the nazi thing and Nancy Astor is that it doesn't stand up to scrutiny. Her faults and failings are no greater than other public figures of the time (like, ooh, I dunno, maybe Churchill?) so while there are many valid criticisms of her it looks a bit biased to give Winnie the shit s free pass for worse.

Corbyn was as usual caught in a right wing trap, condemn it and he'd be pilloried as misogynist but any praise and look what happens. Bojo unveiled the bloody statue, he must be the reincarnation of Hermann Goering!

Anonymous said...

"Her faults and failings are no greater than other public figures of the time (like, ooh, I dunno, maybe Churchill?)"

Or Edward Colston...?

Own goal as per here.

Anonymous said...

Tankie:

She's not dead, she left you because you embarrass her.

Don't insult your mother's muff; she's kept herself trim.

Anonymous said...

Just had a friend of mine say he's moving to Bristol. Or as I like to call it... SLAVERS BAY.

Anonymous said...

False equivalence, Colton was ancient history to Astor and Churchill.

Try harder fannyboy

Anonymous said...

So you disagree that Churchill was defaced and called a racist for what he did because, in your own limp dick words: His faults and failings are no greater then other public figures at the time?

So it's ok to sympathise with Nazi's because it was in this century?

Tankie. I've said it before and I'll say it again: You are the dumbest mother fucker in these chats and I salute you whole heartedly. Do not ever stop being you. I know it was hard after your mam left you to score five pound notes off John's for crack (her lack of teeth mate, exquisite) but it's good to see you stoically speaking your mind through all you have been through.

Btw if any of the above shocks you: You lowered the bar this low, you silly wee cunt.

Anonymous said...

I know it's confusing but that wasn't me, I'm not your pet tankie. He's still replying on the Cummings post.

And just so you get it loud and clear, for whatever else she was, Nancy Astor wasn't a Nazi sympathiser, her insults to Hitler and Von Ribbentrop are well documented.

And yes, I excuse Churchill for the same reason. Nailed on racist though he was, he was an effective war leader. Maybe in a hundred years we won't want his statues either.

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Anonymous said...

Well after reading all of the above lunacy, from the sad lunatic who likes talking to himself, all I have to say is, and I know I'm far from alone on this - THANK FUCK HE'S GONE!

It was always obvious he wasn't quite right in the head, but fuck me man... obviousness aside, what is wrong with that guy? I mean, seriously, what kind of lowlife coward gets his kicks from hiding behind anonymity and coming away with sick shit about somebodies mum like that?

This laughing stock of a country is sinking under the weight of millions of closed-minded, dim-witted bootlickers who are too blind & hateful to see they're being played by overprivileged sociopaths who regard them as nothing other than the useful idiots they are. That's you and your tribe fannyboy, and it's never gonna change because of you. You should be fucking ashamed of yourself for that. You're the reason people are finally taking matters into their own hands. And where will you be, you disturbed keyboard warrior? Exactly.

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