Due to Edward Colston’s intimate involvement with the transatlantic slave trade, his statue in Bristol was one of the many that came crashing down in 2020. Many were shocked at the fact that a ‘simple statue’ could provoke such a response. Such a conclusion, however, often discounts the magnitude of the psychological violence that black people had to experience by passing that statue every day. I say this having heard of the terrifying first-hand experiences my older family members went through during the colonial period.

We are now learning that not only do black lives matter, but the spaces ...


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