Statue of the Belgian King who took the lives of millions of Africans pulled down

The resolve of Black Lives Matter movement is not breaking any time soon.

The revolutionary movement has been taking strong actions and making lots of demands in their quest to end the long-standing racial discrimination against the black race across the world.

Since the George Floyd incident, the movement has been pulling down all symbols of racism ranging from colonial statues, posters and also calling on authorities to remove anything of that sort.

Among the statutes pulled down so far is that of King Leopold II, a Belgian king who oversaw the murder of at least 10 million Africans in Congo after his forces seized the country in the late 19th century.

Buy Me A Coffee

The statue, which was mounted in Antwerp for about 150 years, was set on fire by protestors and later removed by the authorities. Another statue of him was covered in red paint in the city of Ghent. The demonstrators see such statutes to be glorifying his past memories, which are very horrible ones.

In the United States, where the death of George Floyd triggered the nationwide protest, the controversial statue of a Confederate General, Williams Carter Wickham, was equally pulled down by Black Lives Matter protestors.

In the United Kingdom, the movement pulled down the statue of a British slave trader stationed in Bristol. Edward Colston, whose statute was pulled down, was part of the Royal African Company, which maintained a monopoly over slave trade in West Africa during the late 17th century. The company transported about 5,000 slaves a year.

Although these symbols of racism being targeted and pulled down by the movement are contributory factors to racism, it is imperative to note that this alone will not solve the long-standing problem of discrimination. The movement must equally demand certain drastic reforms to be made to deal with the issue systematically.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp