EbeneInfo – GB – Mural by Winston Churchill draws complaints from the awakened brigade

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Posted: 01:35 GMT, 22 November 2020 | Update: 02:18 GMT, 22 November 2020

A mural of Winston Churchill wearing stockings and suspenders and bearing the ‘V’ sign has sparked complaints from locals who say the hand gesture is ‘offensive’

The mural of the warchief wearing lingerie was painted on a side wall of the Sandpiper guesthouse in Brighton by an illusory local artist named Horace

The owner of the guesthouse, Mr. Phillips – who only provided his last name – got a call from Brighton and Hove City Council, who told him they had received complaints about the mural

M Phillips – who was given three days to edit the image – called Horace because he feared local authorities would ‘ruin the picture’

But the council turned around at the eleventh hour, saying ‘the decision was overturned’ and the mural would not need to be altered as the gesture was ‘historically authentic’ ‘

A mural of Winston Churchill wearing stockings and suspenders and giving the V sign (pictured) has sparked complaints from locals who say the hand gesture is ‘offensive’

Churchill giving the iconic « V for Victory » salute on November 10, 1942, during World War II

The painting called Churchill Rainbow was created as part of a series featuring well-known Brightonians and people with connections to the city

Winston Churchill attended school in Hove and, as the artist could not find a photo with legs, stockings and suspenders were added to the mural instead

A spokesperson for the council said it had only received one complaint and the mural would not need to be altered as the gesture was ‘historically authentic’

Horace was amazed that the mural only drew criticism for the V sign – and not for women’s underwear

He said: ‘I was surprised when M Phillips contacted me, I thought the image might be controversial, but because of the stockings, not the V sign

‘I never thought that people would be offended by this, because that’s what he was doing. As a result, I didn’t change him’

A statue of the former prime minister was marked with the words « was racist » during the summer protests

The performances of Winston Churchill (a statue in London, pictured) have been struck this year by mass outrage from critics who accused the former prime minister of racism and colonialism

Oxford’s most elite university dropped the name of a benefactor who owned slaves of its famous library – but decided to keep his statue standing

All Souls has said he will stop referring to the ‘Codrington Library’, named after Christopher Codrington, who endowed the college with £ 10,000 to build a collection upon his death in 1710

The college said that if it would stop using the name « Codrington Library », « other forms of memorialization and contextualization » would be added to explain the sculpture

These additions « will draw attention to the presence of slaves on the Codrington Plantations, and express the College’s horror of slavery, » the college said

M Phillips said he was ‘relieved’ of council’s decision not to order the board change

Horace also painted around town portraits of rock singer Nick Cave and former model Katie Price, portraying her as Wonder Woman

A spokesperson for the council said: ‘A few weeks ago we had a complaint about this, on the grounds that the V sign was considered an offensive gesture

‘The member of staff who requested its removal was informed by the owner that the gesture was in fact historically genuine

‘Once we established that this was indeed the case, we asked the owner to apologize and tell him that the mural would not need to be changed’

Portrayals of Winston Churchill have been the subject of controversy this year within the global Black Lives Matter movement

Some activists have criticized Churchill for racism, colonialism and his handling of the Bengal famine much to the dismay of the politician’s supporters

Following the graffiti, measures have been taken to completely cover the statue which stands in a prime location in Parliament Square

British Library adds poet laureate Ted Hughes to dossier linking him to slavery and colonialism

Famous poet Ted Hughes was added to a dossier linking him to slavery and colonialism by the British Library

The former Poet Laureate, from humble Yorkshire origins, was found to be a descendant of Nicholas Ferrar, who was involved in the slave trade some 300 years before Hughes was born

Ferrar, born in 1592, and his family were «  deeply involved  » with the London Virginia Company, which sought to establish colonies in North America, the British Library said

Famous poet Ted Hughes was added to a dossier linking him to slavery and colonialism by the British Library

Research is underway to find evidence of « links to slavery, benefits of slavery or colonialism »

Research is ongoing to find evidence of «  links to slavery, benefits of slavery or colonialism,  » The Telegraph reported

Hughes was born in 1930 in the village of Mytholmroyd in West Yorkshire where his father worked as a carpenter before running a newsagent and tobacco shop

With Hughes, who died in 1998, the British Library identified Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde and George Orwell as benefits of slavery by distant relatives

Lord Byron, who died in 1824, was identified as a beneficiary of slavery due to the involvement of his great-grandfather and uncle in the trade

Oscar Wilde was included due to his uncle’s interest in the slave trade, although research noted that there was no evidence the acclaimed Irish writer inherited the money

This is part of the institution’s plans to become « actively anti-racist » by providing context for the memory of historical figures

This follows on from this year’s Black Lives Matter movement which led to a reassessment of a number of people and institutions from our past

But the tenuous bond between Hughes and Ferrar, to which he is linked on his mother’s side, has aroused the wrath of the great writer’s experts

His biographer, Sir Jonathan Bate, said: ‘It is ridiculous to spoil Hughes with a link to the slave trade And it is not a useful way of thinking about writers

« Why on earth would you judge the quality of an artist’s work on the basis of distant ancestors? »

He added that Ferrar was best known as a priest and scholar who founded the Little Gidding religious community

George Orwell, born Eric Blair in India, had a great-grandfather who was a wealthy slave owner in Jamaica

Romantic poet Lord Byron was added to this list because his great-grandfather was a merchant who owned an estate in Granada

Oscar Wilde was included due to his uncle’s interest in the slave trade, although research noted that there was no evidence the acclaimed Irish writer inherited the money thanks to this practice

The decision to rename De Montfort University comes after the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was pushed into Bristol harbor in June, sparking a wider debate over historical ties to the country’s institutions

The 17th-century bronze slave merchant memorial was demolished during a Black Lives Matter protest on June 7, amid growing tensions over Britain’s colonial past, sparked by a global outcry over the death of George Floyd died in custody in Minnesota on May 25

Activists linked to the anti-racist movement have since called for 92 statues, roads or other monuments they deem racist to be toppled – a full list being compiled on the website wwwtoppletheracistsorg

Paint was thrown over a statue of Admiral Lord Nelson at Deptford Town Hall in south-east London, while the gravestone of music hall singer GH Elliott who sang in blackface was covered in Rottingdean, East Sussex

Elsewhere, National Trust bosses have said they will examine a statue of a kneeling African figure clad in leaves bearing the sundial above his head who stands outside Dunham Massey Hall in Altrincham, in the Great Manchester

And in South Wales, a plaque honoring the memory of 17th century slave trader Captain Thomas Phillips in Brecon has been demolished

Activists forced the eviction of 18th century slave trader Robert Milligan from outside the London Museum at West India Quay, Docklands in June

More than 130 councils have announced plans to examine their authorities’ monuments for ‘relevance’, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said he will conduct his own examination of the statues and names of streets in the capital

Mayor Anderson also announced that Liverpool Council will continue with plans to repair signs describing Liverpool’s role in slaving roads named after slave owners Routes that could be included are Rodney Street, Parr Street and Earle Street in the city center

In September, the Governors of the Sir John Cass Foundation Primary School said its name was ‘incompatible’ with the values ​​of the school It will now become the Aldgate School

And in September, hundreds of people signed a petition calling for the James Gillespie High School in Edinburgh to be renamed Born in 1726, James Gillespie was a wealthy tobacco merchant in Edinburgh in the 18th century and was one of the most richer in the capital

Meanwhile, George Orwell, born Eric Blair in India, had a great-grandfather who was a wealthy slave owner in Jamaica

But the Orwell company said the money was long gone even before Orwell was born

It was recently reported that the British Library was also ‘examining’ his Sir Hans Sloane manuscripts after activists targeted one of London’s many landmarks – including the famous Sloane Square – which bears the name of the pioneer doctor

The move was revealed in a note on his website and coincides with a wider examination of Sloane’s legacy which saw the British Museum – which he founded – remove his bust from a pedestal and affix the label « slave owner »

The 18th-century philanthropist partially funded his collection of 71,000 objects with money from his wife’s sugar cane plantation in Jamaica, which used slave labor

A statue in his image on Duke of York Square, off Kings Road, has drawn the ire of protesters

But the multi-million-pound Cadogan Estate which runs the site on behalf of its descendant, billionaire Earl Cadogan, has resisted calls to remove the statue

They pointed out his amazing legacy, which included the development of the smallpox vaccine and the use of quinine to treat malaria. He is also credited with inventing hot chocolate

Questioning his legacy could also see campaigns to rename the dozens of streets that commemorate him – many of which are located on the Cadogan estate

In addition to the British Museum, Sloane also founded the Natural History Museum and the Chelsea Physic Garden, and was the founding governor of Foundling Hospital All of these sites include references to Sloane which may now be endangered

Another target could be the famous Sloane Square and its well-heeled residents nicknamed Sloane Rangers, of which Princess Diana was considered an archetype

Sloane’s descendant Earl Cadogan has a seat in the House of Lords and still owns parts of some of London’s most exclusive real estate as part of his legacy

Much of this land is named after the eminent physician and collector, including Sloane Street, Sloane Avenue, Sloane Terrace and a network of three streets bearing his first name, Hans

There is also a statue of Sloane on Duke of York Square, an exclusive complex of shops, restaurants and residences near Kings Road that sits in the heart of the 300-year-old Cadogan Estate

The British Library now holds the Sloane Manuscripts, which include works by Elizabethan astronomer John Dee, medieval illuminated manuscripts and the collection of Henry VIII’s medical recipes

The British Library said on its website: ‘Certain items currently at the British Library, which previously belonged to named personalities cited on these pages, are associated with wealth obtained from enslaved people or through colonial violence

The curators of the printed heritage collections team have undertaken research to identify them, as part of the ongoing work to interpret and document the provenance and history of the printed collections under our responsibility ‘

More than a quarter of students « censor themselves » because they fear their opinions may contradict the « awakened » values ​​their university promotes, according to a shocking new survey

In the latest evidence of the free speech crisis hitting campuses across the country, 27% of students said they actively « hid » their views when they disagreed with those in their peers and tutors

More than half of those who « self-censored » did so because of their political views. Another 40 percent refused their opinion on ethical or religious issues for fear of being tried

In a chilling indication that those with ‘old-fashioned’ opinions fear speaking out with long-term consequences, nearly 40% of those polled said their careers would be negatively affected if they expressed their true opinions at university

In the latest evidence of the free speech crisis hitting campuses across the country, 27% of students said they actively « hid » their views when they disagreed with those in their peers and tutors

Free speech activists last night compared some campuses to ‘Maoist re-education camps’ dominated by ‘awakened orthodoxy’ where only the most liberal and leftist views are tolerated

Matthew Goodwin, professor of politics at the University of Kent, said: ‘We need to keep our world famous universities as free as possible and we need students and the people who teach them to feel that they can debate, discuss and exchange ideas and perspectives from different angles

‘If we lose this we will lose what makes our universities great in the first place Freedom of speech is a fundamental aspect of our national identity’

The survey – conducted by Survation on behalf of ADF International, a faith-based legal advocacy organization – found that more than a third (36%) of students have opinions that are legal to express but would be considered ‘unacceptable’ by their student union

Ryan Christopher, Director of ADF International UK, said: ‘Of all places, the university is the place where students should be free to debate and explore ideas, especially those with which they do not agree

More than half of those who « self-censored » did so because of their political views Another 40 percent refused their opinions on ethical or religious issues for fear of being tried

The poll, which gathered responses from 1,028 current university students and recent graduates across the country, found that 44% believed teachers would treat them differently if they publicly expressed opinions that were important to them. p>

Two-fifths of those polled said the so-called ‘no platform’ – where events are canceled due to the opinions of speakers – has become more common at their university

Earlier this year, former Home Secretary Amber Rudd was ‘platformless’ just 30 minutes before giving a speech at the University of Oxford on how to encourage women to play politics

The company UN Women Oxford UK withdrew its invitation after left-wing students complained about its role in the Windrush immigration scandal In response, Oxford banned the company

Toby Young, who started The Free Speech Union in February, said his organization was inundated with students asking for help

« They thought they applied to a university, but ended up in a Maoist re-education camp, » he added

‘If they say anything that challenges the mainstream awakened orthodoxy – if they dispute the idea that trans women are women, for example – a complaint is filed with the authorities and they find themselves submissive to dubious quasi-legal proceedings that resemble wrestling sessions during the Chinese Cultural Revolution

‘If they don’t throw themselves at the feet of their inquisitors and denounce their white privilege, they risk being deported and reported to the police for’ hate speech ‘

In last year’s general election, the conservative manifesto pledged to « strengthen academic freedom and freedom of expression in universities »

In July Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said struggling universities would only qualify for emergency loans if they could «  demonstrate their commitment to academic freedom and freedom of expression  »

JK Rowling, Margaret Atwood, Martin Amis and Sir Salman Rushdie were among 150 leading writers, scholars and thinkers who signed an open letter this summer condemning ‘canceling culture’ to stifle free speech in higher education, journalism, philanthropy and the arts

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