London to review statues
A new commission in London will review the capital's landmarks, street names and statues to ensure they "suitably reflect London's achievements and diversity", after a wave of anti-racism protests held in the wake of George Floyd's death.
Statues memorializing people who were slavers could soon be removed, London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced Tuesday.
"It is an uncomfortable truth that our nation and city owes a large part of its wealth to its role in the slave trade and while this is reflected in our public realm, the contribution of many of our communities to life in our capital has been willfully ignored," Sadiq Khan said in a statement.
The announcement comes after a statue of 18th-century British slave trader Edward Colston was torn down and thrown into Bristol harbor on Sunday.