Anti-racist activist Lee Jasper: Removing statues recalibrates Britain’s cultural environment

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Jun 8, 2020

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer debates the removal of statues as part of the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests.

Speaking to anti-racist campaigner Lee Jasper, Julia asked: “How does taking down statues to people who did bad things in the past change anything now?”

Mr Jasper, who was formerly the senior policy advisor on equalities to Ken Livingstone, said it was a way to “recalibrate the cultural environment of Britain”.

“It makes a statement that, there are some aspects of our past that we are not particularly proud of and we acknowledge that and we are making some level of reparations within the cultural-sphere to recognise that’s not where we are now and we look back sadly on those events,” he said.

The discussion follows the toppling of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol during an anti-racism protest on Sunday. Police have said they are working to identify those involved.

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