And down came that accursed statue — Colston in Bristol UK … and also Castleman in Fischerland KY.

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Now we’re getting somewhere: “Historic scenes were witnessed in Bristol over the weekend as Black Lives Matter protesters pulled down a controversial statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston and rolled the memorial into the city’s harbour.”

More here:

BLM protesters topple statue of Bristol slave trader Edward Colston, by Haroon Siddique and Clea Skopeliti (The Guardian)

Statue that had long been a focal point of local anger rolled down to harbour and pushed into the water

The historian David Olusoga compared the action to the toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. However, the home secretary, Bobby Caesar Priti Patel, urged the police to respond. She told Sky News: “I think that is utterly disgraceful and that speaks to the acts of public disorder that have actually now become a distraction from the cause in which people are protesting about.”

And yes, Greg Fischer at last mustered the cojones to remove an inanimate Confederate statue, even if he hasn’t yet managed much for living human constituents. It might be wise to hold the applause until we’re certain Fischer isn’t selling the “replacement sculpture” rights to Brown-Forman to erect a bourbon bottle on the spot.

Louisville Removes Controversial Statue Of John Breckinridge Castleman (NPR)

We’ve been here before …

Reconstruction: “Democracy was subverted, and the human toll, however inexact, was enormous.” Bye bye, Castleman and Prentice.

Even as we foresee the Champs-Ély-Jéffrey, Berlin “contends with street names of a brutal, overlooked past.”

Statue removal? Yes, the Civil War was about slavery — and I’m just fine with tracing it all the way back to the Founders. Now, let’s all go read a book.

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