Rhodes Must Fall and Free Speech

An excerpt from an opinion piece/article written for The National Student, which looks into the controversies surrounding the Rhodes Must Fall movement at Oxford University.

 

The Rhodes Must Fall movement has had a whirlwind tour in 2015 and as the year winds down and out it has landed on the shores of Britain, publicity wise.

In actuality the Rhodes must fall movement at Oxford University has been building its head of steam as early as June of this year. The initial protests began in March and were originally directed at a statue at the University of Cape Town that commemorated British mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes. The protestors vandalised the statue and demanded its removal. They argue it symbolised the ever present institutionalised racism within the university and its removal would legitimise efforts to decolonise education all over South Africa. In April, after a vote by the university council, the statue was removed. As a result conversations have been sparked and space has been made for dialogue.

Read the rest of the article here

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