The Struggle Continues Down South: Dismantling of Colonial Monuments and Symbols of Colonialism and White Supremacy

Michelle A Harris, Eric E. Otenyo

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Abstract

The global movement to remove colonial and racist relics from public spaces is increasing in scope. It seems that although the advocates of this movement in each country and region affected by colonialism target specific monuments, the salient feature is to mobilise consciousness against enduring symbols of oppression and abuse of human rights, which colonial institutions reinforced at a global scale. Activism to eradicate racist monuments and statues demonstrates a commitment to building consensus against global inequalities and racism. This chapter explores and explains the manifestation of this norm from examples drawn from the South African region. It illuminates the way African societies have built on previous struggles for self-determinism and mobilisation against colonial rule to rise up for their own human dignity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook on Rethinking Colonial Commemorations
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages527-541
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783031286094
ISBN (Print)9783031286087
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

Keywords

  • Colonialism
  • Monuments
  • Racism
  • Social movements
  • South Africa
  • White supremacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities

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