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Should we stop erecting statues?

The Cecil Rhodes issue requires immediate remedy. But why do we erect monuments at all?

By Philippa Levine  

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This past summer, five years after the campaign first began, protesters energised by the toppling of Edward Colston during the Black Lives Matter protests gathered once again at Oriel College, Oxford to demand the removal of a plaque and a statue memorialising Cecil Rhodes. Since 2015 the College has gone back and forth, changing its mind as to the disposition of these memorials. An initial agreement to remove them was quickly replaced by…

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