Clean up this morning in Parliament Square, Westminster, London, England
Fun facts: Churchill enabled a genocide in India and after signing the Atlantic Charter, which promised freedom for the people and denounced fascism, he had to assure his fellow elites he didn’t mean the British Empire would stop oppressing people or actually support democracy. https://t.co/8PbcxKo0RS
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) June 8, 2020
On Saturday, the precise anniversary of D-Day, the statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square was defaced with graffiti.
It had also been defaced a few days earlier, and it was defaced again on Sunday when the word “racist” was sprayed across it. On the same day, someone climbed the Cenotaph around the corner in Whitehall and attempted to burn the Union Flag decorating it.
So what extraordinary powerful force was it that was able to cut through Britain’s defences to perpetrate these extraordinary and repeated insults to the greatest generation of Britons, the ones who stood alone against Nazi Germany and then played a leading role in its defeat
He was a racist, but also anti-fascist; he was fiercely anti-communist, yet carved Europe up and gifted much of it to Joseph Stalin.
Many historians have tried to make sense of the man and his times. “Churchill was a racist” is part of the truth about the man, but only a part of it.
His plinth is best left with just his name, which speaks for itself. Maybe we can all agree on that
Earlier: Moving Statues