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Many yrs ago the Warden of #RhodesHouse said to us. “Cecil Rhodes was a great man. That doesn’t mean that he was a good man.” He was an eminent philosopher. We mulled over the important distinction whereby someone could unleash tremendous events while being morally bankrupt 1/
While Rhodes Scholarship stands today for academic excellence/is open to many developing country students (but still heavily tilted towards Americans whom #Rhodes wanted to woo) the Q remains how to denounce his racist & imperialist legacy while recognising his founding of the 3/
Scholarship. For some time now calls for pulling down his statue quite strident. Will it upend & tear down deep structural mechanisms of exploitation based on colonial era looting & extraction? Likely not. Can we retain recollection of his historical role if we remove statue? 4/
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