Oxford college to keep Rhodes statue

OXFORD - A college at Oxford University says it has decided not to remove a statue of the British imperialist Cecil Rhodes.

Campaigners want the statue torn down, arguing that Rhodes, a 19th Century businessman and politician in southern Africa, represented white supremacy.

They have described Oriel College's decision as "outrageous, dishonest and cynical" and have vowed to fight it.

The college began a consultation last month and said the "overwhelming" response was that Rhodes should stay.

It said the statue was a reminder of the complexity of history and of the legacies of colonialism.

In a statement, campaign group Rhodes Must Fall said: "This recent move is outrageous, dishonest, and cynical.

"This is not over. We will be redoubling our efforts and meeting over the weekend to discuss our next actions."

The decision by the college comes after the Oxford Union debating society voted by 245 to 212 earlier this month for the statue to be removed.

The Rhodes Must Fall campaign began in South Africa, where a Rhodes statue was removed, and was adopted in Oxford by campaigners who argued his views were incompatible with an "inclusive culture" at the university.

Comments (8)

The capaigners are people of little minds. They are intolerant. They do not value and accept history. Denial mode. Little knowledge is dangerous. They need history lessons. The Black South Aficans should appologise to the bushman. And what next????? Lets sober up.

the truth - 29 January 2016

And you `the truth` are supposedly a lad of `BIG MINDS` kikikikikikiki i almost fell down from my seat , its either you are white or a semi educated wanna be white defender of little morals , value and of-course low self esteem

Harare - 30 January 2016

Whoever wants Rhodes should take his statue and keep it in his house. There cannot be any public discussions entertained as to wether Rhodes statue in the public sphere shoud fall or not. All what he represents is British imperialism as well as their skewed and bigotted views of supremacy over black Africans. Do not misunderstand me here: my view is not an endorsement of Robert Mugabe`s chorus against the British. His chorus is a desperate attempt to cover up for his inapptitude to run the country which culminated in the Zimbabwe Ruins we have today.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 30 January 2016

The reality of life is that history cannot be changed. Saddam Hussein's statue was pulled down in front of millions of TV viewers and Iraq went from bad to worse. The very proponents of "Rhodes Must Fall" must advocate for the abolition of Rhodes' most enduring legacy i.e. Rhodes Scholarships. South Africa cannot pretend that Shaka, J.van Riebeck, DF Malan, Strydom, Vervood, PW Botha, de Klerk and Mandela never existed. Collectively these men are part of their history. On the same vein, Zimbabwe / Zambia (formerly southern & northern Rhodesia) cannot pretend Rhodes, Roy Welensky (Federal prime minister), Ian Smith, Muzorewa and Chief Chirawu (of Zimbabwe Rhodesia fame) never existed. They are our history. Lets pull down all statues of historically political incorrect figures and see if our economies and currencies improve. Politics & emotions aside, its first things first papa.

NyaksZW - 30 January 2016

Rhodes scholarship benefiting how many people when your ancestors undressed raped killed and totured for their colour.Killed to provide cheap labour settled in unproductive land of Chivi so that you can come begging like a dog.You are poor today because of your past.Of cause you can say time heals but not to that extent.Of cause history my be told today but should be indicated clearly that our wealth was used to build the so called civilization that is bringing climate change and global warming. .Be told Western technologies will bring more harm to us becuse we dont know their chemical composition.Afrika rise up and be counted lastly RHODES statue must fall from influencial systemes like colleges because education their is not free.

KULUMANI MAGIYA - 31 January 2016

If the presence of the statue affects the amount of money that is in your pocket then it must be taken down. Otherwise, I am not sure why you care. It's not like the British care what a random Zimbabwean feels about a statue that's in BRITAIN. But then again it is none of my business

Ensign - 1 February 2016

We all love our history whether bad or good. Rhodes statue must stay as it aids in learning. We all need such memories, they are important is shaping our tomorrow.

nyawu - 1 February 2016

I want the the demolition of Rhodes' statue to start but it should not end there. Let's go around the whole globe and see whose statue will remain standing when we are done.

edika - 2 February 2016

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