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


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: