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Topic Reading-Vol.2996-6/24/2020

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2020/06/24 Topic Reading-Vol.2996-6/24/2020

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Oxford college wants to remove Rhodes statue

Cecil John Rhodes was a British businessman and politician in southern Africa in the 19th century. The British imperialism and white supremacist served as Prime Minister of the Cape Colony from 1890 to 1896. As he contributed to the British Empire’s prosperity with the resources in Africa, he had been well regarded and respected in the UK and some of the former British colonies until recently.

Founded nearly seven centuries ago, Oriel College is one of Oxford Universities’ 39 colleges. On June 17, the governors of the college voted to remove the statue of the colonialist after a five-year “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign. Though Rhodes was one of the college’s most generous benefactors, the recent Black-Lives-Matter movement pushed the governors to end this highly controversial dispute.

Nowadays, it seems to be essential to be proactive towards sensitive social movements. Sooner rather than later to act. So, what will happen to South Africa’s Rhodes University, which was named after him?

Enjoy reading the article and learn how sensitive racial issues are these days.

https://www.bbc.com/news/education-53082545

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