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The New Battle of Trafalgar 2020Posted on: 24th Sep 2020
With many La Retraite students, both present and former, engaged in the Black Lives Matter Movement, we asked students to consider their responses to the types of statues and memorials in our city: many found it difficult to think of statues commemorating ordinary Londoners, that are appropriate in our multicultural age.
The mature extract, below, is from a much longer piece advocating how we Londoners might make a change:
“Considering London’s expanding diversity rate, there hasn’t been a better time to re-evaluate who we, as a city choose to commemorate. In 2018, it was estimated that 49% of all London residents were female, however, of all statues in England 2018, only 174 out of the 828 were women. So why hasn’t the UK ever considered changing these memorials to influential people of colour and women that really capture this city’s true essence and celebrate its vast culture?
I don’t think it’s correct to call Britain a ‘welcoming’ nation if we cannot celebrate the multi-cultural nature, not only in Black History Month or on dedicated days in the year, all year round, in everyday examples”. — Dilys, Year 11