Oxford's biggest student newspaper, produced by and for members of the University of Oxford, since 1991. Following months of protests, comment articles, arguments and counterarguments, the debate over the Oriel Rhodes statue has burst free from the Oxford bubble. Born in Bishop's Stortford in 1853, he was a sickly child before heading to Africa aged 17. He co-founded the De Beers diamond company, which sought to control ever greater territory for its diamond mining. However, following protests the college said it had recommended to take down the statue and added that consultations will now take place into the issue and Rhodes' legacy. His statue was removed from the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 2015 after students led a “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy.
It finally happened. Hundreds of protesters in Oxford took to the streets outside the famed university's Oriel College on Tuesday, to demand the removal of a statue of Cecil Rhodes.

Ultimately the removal of a statue’s presence could even act against RMF’s desires, with Oxford’s colonial past sinking further into the mire of history. Of course, the opinions of those who oppose the statue’s removal must not be ignored. He was described by historian Richard A. McFarlane in 2007 as the George Washington or Abraham Lincoln of British imperial history. And now, attention is turning to other similar monuments across the country to Britain’s colonial past. The focus of attention is on the statue which is above the entrance to Oriel College, part of Oxford University. On his death in 1902 the Rhodes Scholarship was set up to help non-British students study at Oxford.

She said: "The statues of white supremacists and slave merchants should not still be standing in our cities. The two most likely outcomes for the Cecil Rhodes statue are blatantly obvious. and slavery,” said protester Morategi Kale, a South African graduate student at Oxford. The original plan was to use the statue as a visual landmark at the top of Adderley Street; however, Sir Herbert Bakerobjected to the placement of the statue at the top of Adderley Street because of the scale of the statue. History is indeed integral to the formative experiences of humanity, and visible monuments remain the best reminder of the processes – both laudable and immoral – which place us in our current position. Since the death of George Floyd on May 25th, anti-racist protests have erupted across the globe.

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. For other inquiries, Contact Us. © 2020 Independent Online and affiliated companies. “This is a potentially epoch-defining moment for our institution, the University of Oxford. With Rhodes’ chequered history, the case for the statue to be removed is a strong one.

by: SYLVIA HUI and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press, A statue of Cecil Rhodes, the controversial Victorian imperialist who supported apartheid-style measures in southern Africa stands mounted on the facade of Oriel College in Oxford, England, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. In early February, Oxford University administrators announced that they would not remove the Rhodes statue from campus, despite concerns from student groups. As Prime Minister of the Cape Colony from 1890 to 1896, his government restricted the rights of black Africans by setting financial qualifications for voting. For the first time the opinions of politicians and the public have entered into the limelight of this discussion. Cecil Rhodes was a 19th century mining magnate who helped Victorian Britain colonise much of Southern Africa and held opinions that now offend modern values. On Tuesday, June 9th, there is expected to be a protest at the Cecil Rhodes statue calling for it to be taken down. The governing body of Oriel College are meeting today to discuss the future of the statue. Demonstrators have protested in front of the Rhodes statue on the High Street in Oxford as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. From the viewpoint of an institution aiming for better ethnic representation of the most academically able individuals, the choice is a simple one. The protest came as the statue of Robert Milligan, an 18th century slave trader, was being removed from its plinth outside a London museum. History won’t be effaced, Oriel would acknowledge its past, and iconographic resonances would be moved from where they do damage to where they can be challenged. Statues of Queen Victoria can be found across London, Winston Churchill is edified in Parliament Square, and even the pyramids were built on racial exploitation. On Tuesday, June 9th, there is expected to be a protest at the Cecil Rhodes statue calling for it to be taken down. Rhodes Must Fall was a protest movement that began on 9 March 2015, originally directed against a statue at the University of Cape Town (UCT) that commemorates Cecil Rhodes.The campaign for the statue's removal received global attention and led to a wider movement to "decolonise" education across South Africa. UCT #RhodesMustFall called on oppressed peoples of the world to stand in solidarity against “white supremacy and all its manifestations”. But unlike Colston’s statue in Bristol, it shouldn’t end up dumped in the River Thames, which runs through Oxford, but put in a museum so that the lessons of colonialism can still be learned without resorting to cluttering up the UK’s waterways with statues of slave traders and colonial magnates. Rhodes would be remembered as a part of history, where a suitable information board would enable his views and ‘achievements’ to be understood and repudiated in democratic fashion. We can, potentially, offer a powerful example of the decolonial project in higher education in the U.K. and beyond,” the group said. To many black people, Rhodes is what Hitler is to the Jewish community, a murderer.”. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. To mark his death the South African government organised a train to travel from the Cape to Rhodesia with it stopping at every station so mourners could pay their respect. Roles and responsibilities of a VP, COVID-19 safety measures and the vice presidential debate. A museum would be this suitable environment. The chancellor of Oxford University has hit out at the 'hypocrisy' around protests to remove a statue of imperialist Cecil Rhodes. Rhodes had both financial and political reasons. After the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue, campaigners have now turned to a statue of Cecil Rhodes in Oxford but just who was Cecil Rhodes? While violent clashes between police and protestors were front-page news in the US, the UK has also seen demonstrations taking place with the biggest headline-grabbing story in recent days being the unceremonious tearing down of a statue in Bristol. The scene we saw in Bristol, of Colston’s statue behind torn down and dumped in the River Avon, are unlikely to be repeated as Rhodes’s statue is protected by fencing and is located high up on the side of a building. As well as being the founder of the South Africa Company, Rhodes also served as the Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, now South Africa, in the 1890s. (The quote is often summarized as "to be born an Englishman is to win first prize in the lottery of life."). Famous Rhodes scholars include former U.S. President Bill Clinton and feminist writer Naomi Wolf. This statue has been the focus of the Rhodes Must Fall movement in Oxford to date. Unfortunately the Rhodes statue’s current location complicates things. Yet amidst the debate’s new national, and even international, platform, the same arguments that have dominated the student press for the past year reassert themselves. By Staff Writer And Reuters Jun 11, 2020. He believed the English were the "first race in the world" and worked hard to extend British influence worldwide, saying: "The more of the world we inhabit the better it is for the human race". The movement called on Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa to release the ministerial report on transformation of the heritage landscape and expedite the process for the removal of the Rhodes statue in the Company’s Garden in Cape Town. A previous campaign to have the statue removed in 2016 was rejected. Bobby Jindal, TV host Rachel Maddow and singer/actor Kris Kristofferson.

The Rhodes statue will stay up until the inquiry finishes its work later this year. It features a full body replica of Rhodes wearing a three-piece suit, standing with his left hand raised and pointing north. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Oriel College (along with students across the University) naturally values debate and criticism of difficult topics as a form of academic pursuit, but it has become a hindrance for a space devoted to forward-thinking study and inclusivity to cling onto a colonial remnant which isolates students.