Oxford college appends explanatory panel to Rhodes statue

An Oxford college has installed a plaque next to a statue of the mining magnate and politician Cecil Rhodes, describing him as a “committed British colonialist” who exploited the “peoples of southern Africa”, write Jamie Grierson and Damien Gayle for The Guardian.

The explanatory panel about the former prime minister of the Cape Colony has been placed outside Oriel College, where he studied and left £100,000 – about £12.5 million (US$17 million) in today’s money – through his will in 1902.

The Oxford statue was the target of the Rhodes Must Fall protest movement, which originated in Cape Town and argues Rhodes is a symbol of colonialism and the violence that accompanies it. The University of Oxford angered campaigners in May by backtracking on its previous decision to remove the statue, ignoring the views of an independent commission.
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