|‘The Rhodes Colossus striding from Cape Town to Cairo’|
Punch Magazine, 1892
* more like black power, racists and hypocrites: "There is absolutely nothing more fulfilling than seeing socially conscious black students dominate white universities, and do so ruthlessly and decisively!": I hope this racist arsehole is on a police watch list.
Not all at Oxford agree with these tossers (thank God): R W Johnson, emeritus fellow at Oxford University: "I am comparing what the [Rhodes Must Fall] movement are doing with what Al Qaeda and Isis are doing in places like Mali when destroying statues." ['Rhodesgate' DT]
Speaking of racists, Rhodes himself was one, literally (not even in the new warped sense): "I contend that we are the first race in the world, and that the more of the world we inhabit the better it is for the human race...", hahahaaa. To be honest, we may not be perfect, not by a long way, but looking today at the 'Anglosphere' you have to think he may have had a point. However, Rhodes was not always so simple to pigeonhole: "I could never accept the position that we should disqualify a human being on account of his colour." But, oh yes - the very famous "Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life."
More history and quotes - warts and all - at SAHO
Late update worth a read: 28th Dec: Robin Mitchinson at The Commentator, "The kind of anti-intellectual rubbish being thrown at the colonial legacy of Cecil Rhodes raises the question of whether his detractors know anything at all about southern Africa, then and now."