Remove and replace the mural of Winston Churchill in Croydon

Remove and replace the mural of Winston Churchill in Croydon

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With recent events both in the US over the killing of George Floyd and demonstrations here, including the toppling of the statue of Colston the slave trader in Bristol, focus is shifting towards interrogating Britain's colonial past.

That is why this petition calls on Croydon Council to immediately remove and replace the mural of Winston Churchill in respect of those who suffered from his racist policies and in celebration of the multiethnic community we are today.

Churchill was in no doubt a racist and a white supremacist - something which our history books fail to recognise. It calls on our leaders to lead by standing up for who we are, not what we are made to be. Let's start the national conversation right here in Croydon.

Ahead of Croydon's term as London Borough of Culture in 2023, we would like to see the mural removed and replaced by something that represents who we are as a community, created by artists from our BAME community. It is time to elevate their voices.

Winston Churchill's racism knew no bounds:

On Palestine:

"I do not admit for instance that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been to those people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race or at any rate a more worldly-wise race, to put it that way, has come in and taken their place. I do not admit it"

On China:

"I believe in the ultimate partition of China I mean ultimate. I hope we shall not have to do it in our day. The Aryan stock is bound to triumph."

On gassing the Kurds in modern-day Iraq:

"I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes."

Churchill's antisemitic conspiracy theories re Russia 1917:

"[Bolshevism] among the Jews is nothing new. From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky, Bela Kun, Rosa Luxemburg, and Emma Goldman, this world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilisation and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing."

On Gandhi and Indians:

"He ought to be lain bound hand and foot at the gates of Delhi, and then trampled on by an enormous elephant with the new Viceroy seated on its back.”

“I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.”

 

The list is endless. Let's come together to demand change in Croydon. This will be the first demand from this campaign to build an antiracist Croydon.