Silent Sunday 14.6.20

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I’m saddened to see this Sarah, the riots and violence around the capital cities are atrocious #mysundayphoto

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    • This is the Bristol one. It was a protest rather than a riot and I think what they did was amazing. There had been discussions about getting rid of the statue for years. The police didn’t intervene and let them get on with it, which I think speaks volumes about the strength of support in the city.

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  2. I have to ask what was on that plinth (I assume this is a statue that has been taken down?). The world just feels like a powder keg at the moment.

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    • This was the Edward Colston statue in Bristol – the first one to be pulled down. There have been some nasty situations elsewhere since – particularly the far right in London the other day, but the Bristol protest was very different from that and had a lot of support.

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  3. Who was previously on the plinth?

    The images being captured during this time will be historic and looked back on for years to come.

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto ❤️

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    • This was Edward Colston, the Bristol slave trader. It was the first statue to be pulled down in the protests and there was a lot of support for the action.

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    • It is, but also a very powerful message that people no longer wish to celebrate anyone linked to the slave trade.

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  4. I am guessing this is where one of the statues used to be that have been removed. x

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    • It is – it’s the Edward Colston one in Bristol, the first one to be pulled down. There was nothing controversial about it and it seems everyone was happy to see it go. There had been talk for many years about removing it.

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  5. Goodness, it must be strange having them away. I hope the protests here were peaceful xx

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    • We didn’t actually see the protests, but this was the result of the original protest in Bristol in which the statue of a slave trader was pulled down and dumped in the harbour. Although that is obviously a big thing, I think the protest was actually peaceful. X

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    • Thanks very much. It’s a little bit of history.

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  6. These are the moments our great grandchildren will be reading about in history books. #MySundayPhoto

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    • That is very true! I wanted to capture a photo of this bit of history so hopefully in years to come we can see it as a turning point for when things started to improve.

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  7. That is in Bristol I think? Such a lot going on, we are seeing a lot of marches in London too. I hope we can make progress properly and people are heard. #mysundayphoto

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    • It is Bristol. Yes, I really hope that voices are heard and some positive action is taking. In Bristol they are changing the names of any buildings named after Edward Colston (and there are a lot of them!). It’s a good, positive first step.

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