Iconoclasm: The War on our History

When Edward Colston’s statue was torn down by a mob in central Bristol on the 7th of June, it was clear the gloves had come off. Far from being spontaneous anti-racism action by the British public, it was the confluence of lockdown frustration, activist agitation, cultural groundwork and local-governmental approval.

Finally, the simmering contempt for Britain and its history was expressed plainly. Decades of indoctrination in schools, universities and mass media – curated by social-media policies and bankrolled by woke corporations – culminated that day.

Seeking release from the tedium and stress of lockdown, a crowd gathered to protest. Protest that was never explained. Bristol is not riven with racism – it is the most left-wing city in Britain. It is run by progressives and every complaint of racism (however unsubstantiated) is taken very seriously.

For years, race activists – riding on a self-replacing corpus of university students – have had a sympathetic ear from the mayor and local council on the topic of removing Colston’s statue. (Colston was an investor in a company that traded slaves.)

The only problem is the local population rather liked the statue and thwarted the council’s attempts to remove it. When the opportunity arrived, the mayor and police commanders ordered policemen not to intervene when the mob pulled down the statue. The mob was not toppling a figure of authority but rather following the wishes of the authorities bent on petty revenge and virtue signalling.

For years, academics have been stripping the curriculum of the canon of the West and inserting progressive/foreign/minority/female figures. This is called “diversifying” the canon and – when applied to non-white figures – “decolonising”. It is an active campaign that has been going on for over forty years.

It has now permeated all levels of academia and arts organisations. The facades of once-august institutions conceal structures that have been hollowed out. It takes only a touch for the pillars to tremble.

Consider that the British Museum director, Hartwig Fischer, moved the bust of BM founder Hans Sloane to a cabinet where it is surrounded by pejorative contextualisation regarding his links with slavery. (Contextualisation is the fall-back option of public humiliation used when removal or destruction is not achievable.) We have to endure the jeers of a BLM-supporting German progressive lecturing us on our history.

What is noticeable is how feeble institutions and politicians were when the middle-class (white) race warriors were defacing statues of Churchill and defiling the Cenotaph.

When working-class men came out to protect statues, Conservatives denounced them as “far right”. Consumed by middle-class white guilt, paralysed by the fear of being labelled racist, no prominent politician or leader of an arts organisation opposed the iconoclasm, despite the majority of the population despising the violence. None of these coward deserves a statue. They deserve only to shamed to the core.

Support: www.saveourstatues.org.uk

Alexander Adams is a British artist and author. His book Iconoclasm, Identity Politics and the Erasure of History is published by Societas, 6 October.

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12 Comments on Iconoclasm: The War on our History

  1. One of the most destructive anti-Truths of our age is:

    “Multiculturalism is good. It is not in any way harmful. It is in all ways desirable, necessary and beneficial, esp to host cultures.”

    All this is wrong, and obviously so.

    Consider the policies on multiculturalism as practised in most Asian nations, and in Islam.

    The peoples of the non-West, who live in the non-West, are dead-set against multiculturalism.

    And consider why Tribalism still dominates in black Africa, and in Islamic places.

    Well, we must face the reality that the West is now burdened by the destructive ravages and crippling costs of multiculturalism.

    We must face this terrible reality and deal with it.

    Or, accept the massive costs, tangible and intangible, in lives and in material wealth, in perpetuity.

    Ditto the anti-Truth that:

    “Neo-marxist and naive-idealistic notions of equality and fairness must dominate all policies of the State and exclusively animate the re-allocation of power and wealth.”

    (Yes, Scruton, among others, pointed out all this, if in less pointed terms.)

  2. How many blacks, born in the West, or the Caribbean or LatAm, would prefer to have been born in any part of black Africa?

    Numbers please.

    Then add in the numbers of black Africans who have moved to the West, after birth, and who now want to move back to black Africa.

    Separate the numbers for persons born in Muslim and non-Muslim precincts in black Africa.

    Then explain the numbers.

    Your time starts Now.

  3. Yes, there is a war on our history.

    But perhaps more pressing, there is the war on ordinary European Christian and post-Christian persons, daily, in the streets, in places of business, and even in homes.

    See what happened in a northern suburb of Paris yesterday, Oct 16?

    Casualty list is a short one this time.

    So that’s something positive eh.

  4. This is a very one sided narrative. No can condone slavery and yes we did carry it out but the problem for these protesters is the real history of slavery. For a start slavery could not of taken place without the enthusiastic support of the Africans who had been practicing slavery long before the white man arrived. Also the Muslim world we’re huge traders in slavery. Many African slave traders became very rich with this trade. For instance when a white group wanted to build an enforced compound they needed the local kings permission and then once built he would charge ground rent. Also, white slave traders needed a licence too carry out business another money generator. But what about the thousands of whites taken from this country by African pirates and sold into slavery in Africa? No mention of that. We also forget that once we banned slavery we used our Imperial might too fight against it and I would recommend reading about the Anglo-Zanzibar War Britain’s shortest one 40 minutes in total this tells you all you need to know about our commitment to anti-slavery. And today the slave trade is worse than ever worldwide don’t see much protesting about that. Then you have the lefty country haters who peddle their lies to corrupt the minds of our young. I learnt more about racism when I worked in the NHS for 11 years. But this was black on black racism and it wasn’t until my very late 40’s that I heard the term coconut, tribal racism and black on white racism. Shocker! So if we are going to have this debate about racism then we need to have a fair one and not an excuse for a white bashing exercise.

    • To me, the situation is well beyond that which can be debated.

      The people involved cannot face facts, cannot deal with the truth, do not seek debate-

      -they simply want everything they want for free.

      This has been promised to them by the naive idealists who in turn are orchestrated by the marxist power-mongers who now inhabit all institutions.

      Is there a way through all of this -to a sane, peaceful civil order?

      That is a question not worth debating.

  5. Just me, but I think a great healing would occur, to the benefit of all, and I mean all, if the Others, the Others of Colour and Creed, all said a Big Thank You to Western nations, esp to Britain, and very esp to England -and their native white folk- for all the boons and benefits that have accrued, nett nett, to Others as a consequence of the excellent innovations in human organisation and material prosperity created by the replacement of superstition with empiricism and logic, by sheer practical ingenuity, and by the development of an open democratic society offering unparalleled conditions of individual security combined with freedoms and say-so in the conduct of the civil order-

    -all of which has been accomplished by the efforts of whites over the past 800 years or so.

    See, gratitude for unearned boons and benefits is a minimum requirement for spiritual advancement.

    So, as I say:

    It’d be good for everyone if all the Others of all kinds got grateful were to cease their
    resentment and their destruction of private and public property, and were to acknowledge their immense debt to those whites who have made things so very abundant and so very safe for them -such conditions that are far, far superior to those in their precincts of origin, obviously.

    (Of course, not all whites in history have contributed, nor whites now contribute, at high levels to the advance of the human project. But the main lines of advance of human material well-being and in individual liberty have indeed been created by whites.)

  6. The unelected establishment, globalist, remainist, and overpaid as they are, have been contemptuous of the ordinary Briton for decades; our taste in books (we like a story), our taste in poetry (we do prefer it to rhyme), our taste in music (we tend to like a tune), worse yet, as far as the establishment are concerned, is our quiet but resolute love of these islands.
    What turned their contempt into hatred was our ‘disobedience’ in voting for Brexit, compounded by the thrawn manner in which we stuck to our guns, despite three years of threats from the CBI, TUC, BBC, Supreme Court, Senior Civil Servants (retired and not), Politicians (elected and not),and the benighted EU itself.
    What those who would obliterate are history and its symbols are doing, is to enact a spiteful revenge upon us, which in their ‘long march’ way they hope will destroy us as a people, and detach our descendents from their homeland.

  7. NOT “de”-colonising but COLONISING the curriculum. A native culture altered by recent “unarmed invaders” (to quote Lord Elton’s phrase) is the victim. The jackboot is on the other foot.

    • Quite right. Decolonising would involve the removal of all art created in the colonies or by a person born in the colonies. No more V S Naipaul, Vikram Seth or Sadie Smith.

      • Let’s keep Nirad Chaudhuri on England & Empire.

        “Far from opposing so-called excesses, such as sacrificing to popular revenge of hated individuals or public buildings to which hateful memories are attached, such needs must not only tolerated, but their direction must be taken in hand” – Karl Marx, Address to the Communist League, 1850,