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Rhodes Must Fall Campaign Could Help Charlottesville

HuffPost global editor-in-chief uses Rhodes Must Fall campaign as an example of positive change.

14/08/2017 12:38 SAST | Updated 14/08/2017 12:38 SAST
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Robert E Lee statue

South Africa should be seen as a model for removing racist monuments, HuffPost editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen said in a series of viral tweets this week.

Polgreen said the #RhodesMustFall campaign, and changes to apartheid-era monuments, were progressive examples of how the events unfolding in Charlottesville could've been addressed.

Her comments come after a counter-protester was killed, and dozens more critically injured during a white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to the New York Times.

The rally was organised in opposition to a plan by local officials to remove a prominent statue of Robert E. Lee – a confederate general, and hero of the Klu Klux Klan.

Polgreen was quick to make clear that not all the monuments to apartheid heroes had been removed in South Africa, and there was still a long way to go but 'at least they are trying', she said.

She was also clear about the futility of some of the removals in South Africa, and that changes to monuments will only be enough once economic justice is included in the redress of South Africa's socio-economic crisis.