|The Colston plinth has a new statue, a sculpture of Black Lives Matter|
protester Jen Reid who stood on the plinth after Colston was toppled
Following the removal of the Colston statue there followed a blitzkrieg on all references to him across the city. Street names were painted over and institutions swiftly moved to rename their buildings. Within four days of the fall of the statue the owners of an office block called 'Colston Tower' removed his name from the building. One pub changed its name while another hastily covered up its name and erected a Black Lives Matter sign outside as a way to placate the mob and try and protect his business from attack. Stained glass windows in honour of Colston were removed from one church while the Diocese committed to removing others saying that the toppling of Colston was a "signal for it to act". Despite Bristol having benefited from the philanthropy of Edward Colston, his name will probably disappear altogether by the end of this year at the behest of a mob. This is a shameful act of historical revisionism that should concern us all.
|Colston Street was one of many vandalised signs in Bristol|
The dawn erection of a BLM statue on top of Colston's plinth is the latest episode of this worrying saga. However, it is not the first time a sculpture has appeared at the site since the toppling. Last month leftists dumped a sculpture of a white working class male on top of a wheelie bin opposite the Colston plinth. This vulgar act failed to draw the attention of the national media, but they were there on cue to celebrate the erection of a black power monument in the early hours of Wednesday. Channel 4 News didn't just turn up to see it erected, they had such advance warning they had made a mini-documentary showcasing its construction with a voice-over from the sculptor. "In with black power" they announced on Twitter...
Out with the slave trader, in with black power.— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) July 15, 2020
The statue of Edward Colston has been unofficially replaced with a sculpture of a Black Lives Matter protester. pic.twitter.com/32kst0HOjr
The mainstream media should be careful what they wish for. CNN in America followed the same pro-BLM narrative and ended up having their headquarters in Atlanta trashed by the mob. When protests re-erupted several weeks later CNN put up fencing around their building to protect it from the same violence they helped foment. And for those who think this is just a passing fad for Britain and we will not suffer the same fate as so many US cities have done, this is the incendiary speech a BLM activist gave in London only last weekend...
The protesters have not gone away and we are only half way through our summer. In addition to the London event there was a huge BLM march in Brighton on Saturday after a black man was restrained by officers in the city last week. Media coverage of the march conveniently failed to mention that a missing vulnerable teenager had been found at the man's property leading to his arrest. A Labour councillor who addressed the Brighton crowd told them that white people needed to "challenge our own inevitable racism". Cllr Nick Childs also condemned capitalism as the source of racism and left the marchers in no doubt that to defeat racism they needed to overthrow capitalism. These are dangerous people.
It remains to be seen as to how long the new statue stands on Colston's plinth, but Bristol's elected mayor has confirmed that permission was not given for it. Labour's Marvin Rees did not explicitly state that the new sculpture would be removed, only that the "future of any plinth and any memorial must be decided on by the people of Bristol". Rees has previously justified the toppling of the Colston statue. Would he justify the toppling of the BLM statue? Would Avon and Somerset Police be as forgiving to anyone who attempted to topple it? It's there illegally after all. It simply must come down, otherwise the mob will win yet again and who knows where they will go from there and what they will do next.