Damaging Monuments to White South African History

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Students and the Rhodes Statue

It started at the University of Cape Town on March 9, 2015, with the statue of Cecil John Rhodes, the mighty British Imperialist, founder of Rhodesia, and a man whose shadow looms large over all of southern Africa.  A black student named Chumani Maxwele was at the forefront of it all, as he and a handful of other students doused the statue of Rhodes in human excrement.  Yes, these “stool soldiers”, these brave “toilet revolutionaries”, these future leaders of South Africa (makes you shudder, doesn’t it?), spent time gathering together sufficient human dung (don’t even ask how), carried it from wherever they or others excreted it, and then threw it over the statue.  “As black students we are disgusted by the fact that this statue still stands here today as it is a symbol of white supremacy,” said this water-closet wonder, giving his reason for this filthy act.

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