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Monument Removal: A Slippery Slope

In recent times we have seen an increasing amount of monument removal in the west, where US state governments and local councils have been removing public displays related to the Confederacy, such as statues of Robert E Lee.

This on its own is concerning enough, but what is even worse is that this cancerous idea has spread to Europe, with Jewish-Ghanaian Guardian author Afua Hirsch writing a lengthy piece on why Nelson’s Column should supposedly be “toppled”.

Throughout the article she hits on all the valid historical reasons for Nelson’s Column being there to start with, but then sidetracks and starts talking about serial rapists and how black people should have their own “site of glory”.

Brushing aside Hirsch’s obvious lack of unbiased historical knowledge, she isn’t the only idiot – she is in fact part of a much bigger issue: historical revisionism or, for lack of a better word, historical censorship.

This new surge in the practice of monument removal and revisionism has unfortunately been brewing for quite some time. After witnessing the “We Wuz Kangs” (black supremacist historical revisionism) crowd and other similar movements with disdain for European history and heritage, you begin to realise it was sadly only a matter of time before actions were taken against it in a much more real place than Facebook or a vague internet forum.

You see, by cherry-picking what you don’t want to be a part of history, be it through monument removal or other devious methods, you are also changing the future. Heroes and other figures will fall into obscurity, remembered only in books and not given the eternal gratitude that they are owed.

Admiral Nelson himself is one of many reasons why Britain has survived this long – his navy with him at helm defeated both the Spanish and the French navy in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, as Hirsch vaguely mentioned.

Right after she described this heroic act, she then went on to downplay this cornerstone of British history by saying “…having defeated the French navy [Nelson] bought a romantic estate where he stayed with his lover, Emma Hamilton”, as if defeating two navies is an easy task..

In the same breath and with great zeal she continues on her iconoclastic crusade by saying that, in the past, Britain was also “committing unquantifiable acts of cultural terrorism – tearing down statues and palaces, and erasing the historical memory of other great civilisations”.

Now I’m not exactly sure what civilisations she is speaking of, neither am I aware of anything of the sort that took place during the Colonial Era, but clearly I am not a historical expert like “human rights development worker” Afua Hirsch is.

Hirsch being half-Ghanian should never be considered or accepted as a true Brit seeing as she, like many of her fellow Jewish journalistic contemporaries, has a blatant and unapologetic disregard for the history of the country that has fostered her and she should not be dictating the narrative on what it does when she does not respect it.

We should all be quite blasé when it comes to things like this, but the more we sit back and let it happen the more it WILL happen. We as Europeans cannot allow our heritage and history to be removed, lest we forget.

The Ministry of Truth (Minitrue) as portrayed in 1984 (released in 1984, directed by Michael Radford)
The Ministry of Truth (Minitrue) as portrayed in 1984 (released in 1984, directed by Michael Radford)

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” – George Orwell, 1984

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