Remove Nancy Astor Statue and rename Nancy Astor buildings

Remove Nancy Astor Statue and rename Nancy Astor buildings

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Beth Tincombe started this petition to Plymouth Uni and

Please support this petition to support equality and promote the values we have today rather than the ignorance, bigotry and racism of the past. It is not inclusive or morally right to have a building in our university named after a nazi sympathiser and Anti-Semitic woman who supported the genocide of 6 million Jews. 

Here are some Nancy Astors actual quotes:

She expressed her view that Hitler would have do to more than “give a rough time” to “the killers of Christ”, adding “who are we to stand in the way of the future?”  She felt Hitler could be a solution to what she regarded as the “world problems” of Jewish people and communists.

This was someone who was describing Hitler’s attempt to annihilate the Jewish race as nothing more than “a rough time”...

(Nancy Astor to MP Alan Graham in 1938): "Only a Jew like you would dare to be rude to me."

(To James McDonald in 1934 at a Jewish charity dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London): “Did I not after all believe there must be something in the Jews themselves that had bought them persecution throughout all the ages. Was it not therefore, in the final analysis, their responsibility?"

Nancy reportedly told an African-American church that they should be grateful for slavery because it had allowed them to be introduced to Christianity. In Rhodesia she proudly told the white minority government leaders that she was the daughter of a slave owner.

It's also said she discouraged the hiring of Jews and Catholics to her husband's paper, The Observer.

Nancy Astor may be famous for being the first woman to take a seat in parliament, but she was not the first woman to have won a seat in the first place.

Revolutionary suffragist, Constance Markievicz was elected to the House of Commons earlier in 1918, but the Irishwoman refused to take the oath to the crown. She had played a leading role in the 1916 armed uprising in Dublin against British rule.  Although the uprising was suppressed within days, its provisional government had at once declared equal voting rights for women –a measure the British government had bitterly resisted.

(Another suffragette, Sylvia Pankhurst, visited Astor’s house to try to obtain funds for a project to employ working-class women facing hardship because of the First World War.  Pankhurst later received a letter from Astor complaining that the women workers were being paid too much, and had she known of their wages in advance ‘she would not have aided us.’)

These are the sort of woman that buildings and statues should be built in honour of.

Some of her views may have been acceptable at the time, but supporting cruel genocide of innocent Jewish people is disgusting and she should not be celebrated, especially in the form of statues and buildings.

I truly cannot imagine how awful any Jewish students may feel about how she is celebrated after all she has said. 

(All of this information is widely available online) 

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