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Rethink how we celebrate power

A FEW DAYS AFTER PROTESTERS PULLED DOWN a statue of British slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol, England, a statue of the Jamaican-born actor Alfred Fagon in the same city was vandalized with bleach. It wasn’t a coincidence; a lot of feelings are attached to what these individuals represent.

Pulling down Colston’s statue is not removing history—it is creating a historical moment. You can’t hide behind words and if they’re used to neutralize any kind of discussion about change.

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