My own view is that it is highly provocative, given the sad historical context and effects of colonial genocide that people are still grappling with. Ideally, a public statue or memorial should bring people together in reverence and solidarity, not set them against each other in contempt.
Also, the ability to remember is in itself a manifestation and form of power. This is a way of remembering and suppressing history, so it’s not a shared history, or one that is celebrated by all. It forms part of a non-verbal discourse of domination, which black people experience every day, and gives preference to one part of history while ignoring the other tragic part — as well as the lingering consequences of the first genocide of the 20th century. To illustrate the point about the lasting impact and generational effect of colonialism, these figures are from the Household Income Survey of 2016.

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