In recent years there has been a movement among Rhodes Scholars in Oxford and former Rhodes Scholars around the world to re-examine the legacy of Cecil Rhodes in European and African history. This has led some to reassess the meta-historical significance of Cecil Rhodes as an icon in the history of British imperialism and, further, to question the enduring legacy of multiple European colonialisms in our contemporary world.
All of this is a noble and worthy cause. Yet, the problem with these considerations is that they do not go far enough. In effect, “Rhodes Must Fall” (RMF) is too small.
In the short run, it seems, the Oriel College statue will remain in place. In the long-run, however, it will fall as all facades do.