Boris Johnson urged not to engage in rewriting history
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke out in defense of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, whose monument vandals daubed racist slogans, and urged not to rewrite the past.
On Friday the city of London due to fears of vandalism has closed the plywood boards monuments to Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and the memorial Cenotaph in honor of those killed in the First world war. During the action in memory of the deceased American George Floyd in Bristol vandals threw into the Bay the monument to merchant, philanthropist and MP Edward Colston, who in the seventeenth century, engaged in the slave trade. In London, the hooligans struck racist inscriptions on a monument to Churchill and tried to damage the Cenotaph.
"First of all as rightly pointed out by many – it is crazy to accuse him of racism when he alone stood against the racist tyranny that is without resistance, which he provided, was swept over the country and the rest of Europe. He was a hero, and, presumably, I'm not the only one who says what will happen with each breath to resist all attempts to remove the statue with Parliament square, and the faster the protective garb is taken, the better," said Johnson.
The Prime Minister also said that he doubts the correctness of a campaign to edit or correction in Photoshop, the entire cultural landscape. This approach, in his opinion, will lead to the distortion of history. In the current situation, said Prime Minister, to deal with the problem of racism, not with symbols in an attempt to rewrite the past.
Johnson in this regard, announced the creation of the intergovernmental Commission, which will consider all aspects of inequality in employment, education, medical field or any other.
"Let's fight racism, but let's leave our legacy for the most part alone. If we want to change the situation, the country has democratic means – through, by the way, Winston Churchill," concluded the Prime Minister.