….’Go forth & multiply’:
A school named after slave trader Edward Colston is to resist calls from activists to change its name.
Colston’s Girls’ School, in Bristol, said there was no benefit in ‘obscuring history’ and said instead it wanted students to ‘engage thoughtfully with the past’.
It’s shown more courage than other institutions which plan to meekly submit to these idiotic demands:
The concert venue Colston Hall – which has been a target for activists for decades – will reopen in 2020, after its refurbishment, with a new name.
And a local primary school bearing Colston’s name has also said it is consulting on a re-brand.
Maybe they, too, will now come to their senses?
CGS said in a letter to parents it would not be removing the name of the slave trader from its official title.
It read: ‘It has been suggested that Colston’s Girls’ School should change its name in order to remove the association with Edward Colston.
‘We have considered this suggestion and we have listened carefully to views on both sides.
‘After much discussion, it has been agreed that it would not be appropriate to rename the school.
‘There is no doubt that Colston’s Girls’ School exists today as an outstanding school for girls, nationally known for its academic excellence and well respected for its inclusivity and diversity – because of the financial endowment given by Edward Colston but we see no benefit in denying the school’s financial origin and obscuring history itself.
‘To the contrary, by enabling our students to engage thoughtfully with our past, we continue to encourage them to ask questions about present-day moral values and to stand up for what they believe is right.’
I can’t think of a better advertisement for this school, frankly.