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< Back to question How do we think about taking down controversial statues in the UK? Show more Show less

In June 2020 protestors circulated a hit list of controversial UK statues to be taken down. These included Gandhi, Winston Churchill and Robert Baden-Powell. Campaigners say these statues must be ripped down because they contribute to racialised systemic violence. In turn, this trickles down into every facet of public life and subordinates ethnic minorities. On the other side, groups made up of mostly far right activists say this is deeply offensive. They see this lobby as a violent mob that have been undeservedly handed a mandate to whitewash UK history. So, who are these groups, what do they think, and why?

How dare they tear down our statues Show more Show less

This group sees the anti-statue activists as lawless mob. Proponents include the EDL, All Lives Matter activists, and the alt-right press.
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We have been forced to accept multiculturalism against our will

Britain is a white country. Multiculturalism has been given centre place in the national agenda against our will.
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The Argument

The tearing down of statues represent a changing of beliefs by the government. However, these beliefs, such as the larger integration of multiculturalism and immigration are not widely accepted by the British. 44 percent of British citizens had said they would prefer a decrease in immigration in 2019, while only 17 percent wanted more immigration.[1] The influx of multicultural beliefs has come from the government of the United Kingdom, while the population has to accept these values with no say.[2] This can be emphasized in the fact that in 2019, the European Parliament adopted a new resolution on the fundamental rights of people of African people in the European Union, the same year as the statistics above.[3] British people, in general, have great pride in their colonial past. [4] Which was historically very British in population and values. [5]

Counter arguments

The idea that the British population, in general, is not accepting of the values imposed by removing the statues does not make sense, as this toppling of statues did not start with the government, but with large citizen protests across Britain.[6]

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References

  1. https://migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/resources/briefings/uk-public-opinion-toward-immigration-overall-attitudes-and-level-of-concern/
  2. https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/global-social-challenges/2019/05/21/whiteness-and-imperial-nostalgia-in-brexit-britain/
  3. https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexit/2019/10/07/talking-with-british-people-of-colour-in-the-eu27/
  4. https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/global-social-challenges/2019/05/21/whiteness-and-imperial-nostalgia-in-brexit-britain/
  5. https://core.ac.uk/display/103178331
  6. https://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2020/06/the-urge-to-destroy-is-also-a-creative-urge/

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