I am glad to see that the calls for removing statues of colonial-era villains is expanding in scope beyond the initially narrow focus on Confederate figures only. For example, a statue of Columbus (Jew) is currently under consideration for removal (by no coincidence, Mayor Bill de Blasio is also a sanctuary city suppporter):
critics note [Columbus'] cruel treatment of the native inhabitants of the Caribbean and South America and his active participation in the slave trade.
Miecz previously posted a good documentary about Columbus:
which I recommend everyone check out and share widely (especially in relation to the Columbus statue issue).
The trend is also spreading beyond the US:
[Nelson] used his seat in the House of Lords and his position of huge influence to perpetuate the tyranny, serial rape and exploitation organised by West Indian planters, some of whom he counted among his closest friends.
Britain has committed unquantifiable acts of cultural terrorism – tearing down statues and palaces, and erasing the historical memory of other great civilisations during an imperial era whose supposed greatness we are now, so ironically, very precious about preserving intact.
And we knew what we were doing at the time. One detail that has always struck me is how, when the British destroyed the centuries-old Summer Palace in Beijing in 1860 and gave a little dog they’d stolen as a gift to Queen Victoria, she humorously named it “Looty”. This is one of the long list of things we are content to forget while sucking on the opium of “historical integrity” we claim our colonial statues represent.
Speaking of opium:
As usual, rightists ridiculously claim that leftists want statues removed as a way to somehow ”erase history”. Quite the opposite is true: far from wanting to erase history, we want to positively generate public interest in history. By bringing up this topic here, did I not just create an extra chance to share the documentary that Miecz posted earlier, as well as the Opium Wars links? To stress the point, let me also link again to JJ’s essay on the correct way to view the Confederacy, originally written in response to the Dylan Roof massacre:
In calling for removing statues of Columbus, Nelson and hopefully many more others to follow, we are not trying to make people forget that these historical figures ever existed; on the contrary, such highly publicized events would surely draw more attention to their names and get more laypeople
finding out that Columbus was a Jew studying their significance in history (and, by extension, reading up on the horrors of the colonial era as a whole) than would otherwise have been the case. And this is the whole point. Moreover, in taking down monuments from their intended pedestals where they celebrate enemy greatness, we effectively transform them into ready-made symbols of our side’s ideological triumph.
Then I found this:
in June 1940 — during Nazi Germany’s attempted invasion of Britain — Hitler personally ordered the column’s transfer to Berlin along with its statue of Lord Horatio Nelson, the British admiral who defeated the French and the Spanish at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. ”The Nelson Column represents for the English a symbol of British naval might and world dominion,” the book quotes Hitler as saying. ”It would be an impressive way of underlining the German victory if the Nelson Column were to be transferred to Berlin.”
This is consistent with Hitler’s famous quote:
“The Englishman can only respect someone who has first knocked him out.” – Adolf Hitler
There remain to this day many monuments to colonialists all over the world, particularly in former colonial possessions:
Now would be a good time for anti-colonialists (ie. nationalists in the true sense) everywhere to take joint action to remove every last one of these monuments, and through mutual support re-acknowledge our common struggle against oppression at the hands of of post-Renaissance Western civilization, as has already begun here:
Rhodes Must Fall (#RhodesMustFall) is a protest movement that began on 9 March 2015, originally directed against a statue at the University of Cape Town (UCT) that commemorates Cecil Rhodes.
On 25 April 2015, Mcebo Dlamini, then president of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of Wits University (a South African public research university), stated in a Facebook post that he “loves Adolf Hitler” … Dlamini later declared during a radio interview on PowerFM that “Jews are devils,” a remark which led the South African Jewish Board of Deputies to lay criminal charges of hate speech against him.
The correct question is not: why must these monuments be removed? The correct question should be: why were these monuments not removed immediately after colonial rule officially ended (whenever that might have been in each case)?
A positive additional question should be: what new statues and other monuments should be built to replace the removed ones? (Suggestions are welcome in the comments.) Remember our most important message to the Alt-Right: WE WILL REPLACE YOU. Today, statues. Tomorrow, Western civilization.
I almost forget to mention that all of these will have to be demolished one day: