Save The Lendy Memorial Lion #SaveLendy

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Stella Sanderson
Jan 5, 2021
Unlike other men of their age, they actually worked to protect the interests of Africans, against those who would enslave them... As opposed to profiting from said enslavement. This is a matter of confusion rather than malice.
Put the shoe on the other foot before crying foul over the demand for removal of statuary. Imagine you had to live alongside/reside within/attend work or school within/see every day of your life, a monument to a person who had contributed to your ancestors being stolen from their homes & treated worse than a cow would be. Would you want to see that person revered, almost worshipped by everyone around you??? Just because they gave to charitable causes, which generally profited anyone but their ancestors. This was money drenched in the blood of our fellow man.
We are not taught the truth in our schools about the horror of colonialism, what that meant to the natives of the place being colonised (usually, it became a 'submit to our will & our ways... Or die' situation). We aren't really taught about the horrors of the slave trade either. The sheer human cost of it. Just how many people were stolen from homes, families & lives, to be bought & sold as 'livestock'. How many of these men, women & children died on voyages? How many were abused & murdered by their 'masters'? How much these 'masters' (ok, call them what they were... Owners. They owned herds of their fellow humans & regularly treated them worse than they would if they were farm animals) were paid off to relinquish the humans they owned upon Abolition?

Might it surprise you to know that that 'debt' was only considered 'settled' in 2015?
Very little thought is given to the suffering of our African brothers & sisters when we think about these statues. To many of us, it's just a reminder of a time long past... To those of African descent, it's a daily reminder that the person who is represented, got rich off the suffering & death of their ancestors.

To those who say 'you can't learn from history if you don't know it...' Our children aren't actually being taught about history in a truthful way. The same as we weren't taught it in a truthful way. Clearly, nothing has been learnt from the past if we're not all equally horrified to see the plaudits & celebration heaped upon these men. Men who so believed in their superiority over the natives of countries they colonised, that they rounded them up & treated them as cattle.

No one is advocating for the destruction of these statues... Merely asking that they be consigned to places where 'history' is stored... Museums. Where the descendants of those who were brought here as no more than possessions or tools, are not forced to look at them on a daily basis.

Taking Colston as an example, are you only aware of his 'toppling', or do you know how long the people of colour (& their allies) in Bristol campaigned for his removal... Or at least a plaque acknowledging his role in the slave trade??? It's a struggle going back decades. It was an affront that he was so celebrated for his charity, while the fact that he was only able to be so 'charitable' was that his wealth came via the trade in human beings, was so conveniently glossed over. It's like a slap in the face to anyone descended from those slaves. Kinda like telling them 'it's ok that his money came from the suffering & death of your people... Cos he gave sooooooo much to charity'.

Please, please, look further than the statues themselves. Look at the people behind them. Ask yourself whether you'd be as proud of them if it were your ancestors who'd been treated so cruelly by them???

If the Lendy brothers truly weren't involved in causing untold death & suffering to their fellow man in the name of profit... Good for them. But, they'd be the exception rather than the rule for white men of their time. Their inclusion on this list, is clearly a mistake if that is the case. I'll have to educate myself further to find that out though.

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Clive Jones
Jan 3, 2021
To many ‘WOKE’ groups are trying to distort history. Not everything Britain has done over hundreds of years has been right, there again every other country in the World has the its own skeletons in the closet, including all of the African nations who were the biggest enslavers long before European Countries came to the African continent.

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Trevor Prismall
Jan 3, 2021
History must be protected, or we will be in the area of “Book Burning”. We have enough trouble getting the government of today to tell us the truth about anything current as it is!

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Val Dennis
1 year ago
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Ronald Ashby
1 year ago
I do not want our history eradicated

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peterj13 .
1 year ago
People have respect for our history , culture and traditions. This beautiful statue must remain as a reminder of our proud history.

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Heather Phillips
1 year ago
This is our history and it shouldn't be revised, covered up or removed!

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Ben Bernard-Smith
1 year ago
Removing statues and deleting history is not the answer - understanding the past and preserving it is.

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Paul Cornford
1 year ago
I believe history should be learnt not destroyed. History cannot be judged by present moral standards.

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Hazel Hogan
1 year ago
If this is a genuine proposal then our local government should be ashamed!
There is nothing contentious about this statue! It’s an attractive centrepiece in a beautiful local setting.
Virtue signalling is pathetic, counter productive and dangerous.
I would have thought Spelthorne council had better things to worry about!