formula 1 Superstar Lewis Hamilton calls for the overthrow of monuments. The world champion has demanded that governments around the world to remove statues that can be seen as racist symbols.
To do this, the British racer posted in Instagram a photo of an Anti-racism Demonstration in Bristol, where the Statue of an English merchant from the Base was pushed, had made his wealth as a considerable part of the trade with slaves.
"Our country has honored a man who has sold African slaves! All the statues of racist men who have earned money with the sale of a human being, should be demolished,“ wrote Hamilton to do so. In the case of the protests in Bristol, the Statue had been cast then into the Harbor. "Tear them all down. Everywhere,“ wrote the 35-Year-old.
The Mercedes Pilot had turned on last with the emotional Call in the debate after the violent death of the African-American George Floyd during a police action in the United States. He had criticized the Silence of the formula 1 to the Anti-racism protests and the Motorsport as a "White dominated" means. Several formula 1 colleagues and team showed solidarity with Hamilton and the "Black Lives Matter"movement.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was already last week, behind his racer. "I'm happy about that and support that he has Interview, gives his voice heard," said Wolff in a Sky. He learned a lot from Hamilton.
The mayor of Bristol regretted the loss of the overthrown slave-dealer Statue. "As an elected politician, I can't support property damage and civil unrest like this," said Marvin Rees of the Labour party. But the Statue of a slave trader in the middle of the city, for him, is never anything other than a "personal Affront" to have been the politician stressed with Jamaican roots.
The dealer Edward Colston (1636-1721) is venerated in Bristol for centuries as a benefactor, because he supported the poor houses and schools. His wealth, however, founded to a considerable extent on the trade with African slaves who were shipped under unspeakable conditions to America. Many died on Board, some of them were thrown into the sea. In the past decades, claims came, therefore, again and again, to remove the Statue, as well as streets and after the Colston building that is named rename.
In the UK, despite contact restrictions in the Coronavirus pandemic, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate against racism. Lewis Hamilton is one of their most prominent supporters.dpa Updated Date: 08 June 2020, 21:26