George Floyd protests: Banksy proposes new statue honoring protesters who toppled Edward Colston statue in England

Mysterious road artist Banksy has weighed in on the toppling by protesters in England Sunday of a statue of slave dealer Edward Colston. Banksy needs to commemorate the very protesters who pulled the statue down as they had been demonstrating towards racism and police brutality.

The artist posted idea artwork of the piece on Instagram. “Here’s an idea that caters for both those who miss the Colston statue and those who don’t,” Banksy wrote.

“We drag him out the water, put him back on the plinth, tie cable round his neck and commission some life size bronze statues of protestors in the act of pulling him down. Everyone happy. A famous day commemorated,” Banksy added.

Protesters in Bristol eliminated the Colston statue from its base and tossed it into the harbor. 

It dated again to 1895, greater than 150 years after Colston’s demise and 88 years after Britain abolished the slave commerce in 1807.

Colston performed a key function in the Royal African Company, which was liable for transporting round 80,000 indentured folks to the Americas in the seventeenth century.

The statue proposal is simply the most recent assertion from Banksy on protests world wide in the wake of the deadly arrest of George Floyd in Minneapolis final month.

Over the weekend, Banksy posted art work on Instagram together with a press release of solidarity:

“People of color are being failed by the system. The white system. Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs,” Banksy wrote. “This faulty system is making their life a misery, but it’s not their job to fix it. They can’t – no one will let them into the apartment upstairs. This is a white problem. And if white people don’t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in.”

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