Monuments to “aggressors” may need to be taken down as “offensive,” new Welsh government guidance reportedly states
FILE PHOTO: The statue of Admiral Horatio Nelson in London’s Trafalgar Square. © John D. McHugh / AFP
UK monuments erected to celebrate “older white men” can be taken down or relocated in order not to offend the public, according to new Welsh government guidance cited by the Telegraph on Saturday. The newspaper said the document is expected to be finalized this month.
The guidance claims monuments “can be offensive to people today who see them in a different light,” including as “aggressors who conquered peoples to expand the British Empire.”
The document reportedly argues that existing memorials project the “perception that the achievements that society considers noteworthy are those of powerful, older, able-bodied white men.”
According to the Telegraph, the statues of general Arthur Wellesley and admiral Horatio Nelson, hailed for their victories against Napoleon, could fall under this rubric. Both commanders have been accused by activists in the past of enabling colonialism and slavery.
The guidance advises authorities and other public institutions to “take action” to set “the right historical narrative,” according to the newspaper.