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Video: It's Not About Statues, It's About Liberation

by Afua Hirsch on 24 June 2020

'Statues aren’t history. They are a memorialisation. They are acts of political symbolism meant to shore up a narrative about what this country is.’

Writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch rebuts the idea that toppling statues serves to erase history, and explains the fragility of a nation who cannot engage fully with their own past. The removal of statues is a topic Hirsch is well known for addressing, having tackled it back in 2017 in a widely read article for the Guardian. Not only is her work in resurfacing the parts of colonial history that have been excluded from popular narrative, but as she explains, statues are not 'history' but memorialisations that are politically expedient, which warrant review.

'Statues aren’t history. They are a memorialisation. They are acts of political symbolism meant to shore up a narrative about what this country is.’

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