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Statue of a black poet bathed with bleach in response to the removal of the statue of a slave trader

The fight against racial discrimination is taking a whole different twist as what seemed to be a retaliation was just observed in Bristol.

The age-long statue of a black Jamaican poet and play-writer, Alfred Fagon has been bathed with what many suspect to be a bleach with the structure getting defaced.

The act followed the removal of the statue of a slave trader, Edward Colston, by the Black Lives Matter protestors earlier in Bristol.

Many consider this as a response by the “far-right” to the removal of the symbols of racism, especially that of Edward Colston in the same city.

This act does not make any sense. Unlike Colston, Alfred Fagon had no racist or slavery background. Colston reportedly made his fortune through human suffering. During the late 17th century, his ships transported an estimated number of 80,000 men, women and children from Africa to America. This was the reason behind the removal of his statue, which remains a divisive symbol.

Avon and Somerset Police have, however, mounted an investigation into the incident leading to the bleaching of the statue of the Jamaican born Play-writer, which was erected in the year 1987 to commemorate his death.

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