Banksy weighs in on toppling of slave trader statue in England

Everyone happy. A post shared by Banksy (@banksy) on Jun 9, 2020 at 4:21am PDT
“We drag him out the water, put him back on the plinth, tie cable round his neck and commission some life size bronze statues of protestors in the act of pulling him down. Banksy wants to commemorate the very protesters who pulled the statue down as they were demonstrating against racism and police brutality. Banksy proposes new statue honoring protesters who toppled Edward Colston statue in England

June 10, 2020 / 2:48 AM
/ CBS News

Mysterious street artist Banksy has weighed in on the toppling by protesters in England Sunday of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston. This is a white problem. Protests Over Police Violence

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Maker of tear gas used on D.C. A famous day commemorated,” Banksy added. Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs,” Banksy wrote. They can’t – no one will let them into the apartment upstairs. We drag him out the water, put him back on the plinth, tie cable round his neck and commission some life size bronze statues of protestors in the act of pulling him down. Here’s an idea that caters for both those who miss the Colston statue and those who don’t. A famous day commemorated. “Here’s an idea that caters for both those who miss the Colston statue and those who don’t,” Banksy wrote. protesters will exit business

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Protesters in Bristol removed the Colston statue from its base and tossed it into the harbor. It dated back to 1895, more than 150 years after Colston’s death and 88 years after Britain abolished the slave trade in 1807.Colston played a key role in the Royal African Company, which was responsible for transporting around 80,000 indentured people to the Americas in the 17th century.The statue proposal is just the latest statement from Banksy on protests around the world in the wake of the fatal arrest of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. View this post on Instagram.. What should we do with the empty plinth in the middle of Bristol? The white system. The artist posted concept art of the piece on Instagram. And if white people don’t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in.”
First published on June 10, 2020 / 2:48 AM Everyone happy. “This faulty system is making their life a misery, but it’s not their job to fix it. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Banksy (@banksy) on Jun 6, 2020 at 3:30am PDT
Over the weekend, Banksy posted artwork on Instagram along with a statement of solidarity:

“People of color are being failed by the system.