No more Colston
In view of Samual Colston's thoroughly unpleasant slavery-related past, I'd like to see both the Colston Hall AND Colston Street renamed ('Freedom Hall/Street', whatever). I also think his statue should be removed, and/or surrounded by a barrier and turned into a French-style 'pissoir' so that the citizens (male, at least) may express their opinion of him in an appropriate fashion.
If we can rename The Council House to 'City Hall' I can't see why we can't do this.
Why the contribution is important
Whilst one doesn't want to 're-write history', or pretend that bad things never happened, it is important to acknowledge that times have changed and that what may once have been considered acceptable is no longer so. It's all very well putting on a hair shirt about this to assuage collective guilt, but practical measures are - I think - more significant, and an extra toilet on The Centre would be handy, too.
by user251846 on December 04, 2013 at 09:34AM