Statue Games

Let’s just follow this logic.

Oxford University has agreed to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes. The University was cautious about removing the statue because of the possible impact on donations.

The demand to remove Rhodes’ statue … slavery, white, man, colonial, blah blah.

To the rescue:

A tech entrepreneur has pledged to “make up for every penny any racist donors pull” after those angry at an Oxford college’s decision to remove a Cecil Rhodes statue said they would stop giving money to the institution and called for it to return donations.

But who is this generous entrepreneur:

Husayn Kassai, who founded the verification company Onfido with three others as a student at Oxford, pledged to step into any breach left by the withdrawal of donors after Oriel college voted to take down the statue of the imperialist politician.

But hang on.  Kassai was so concerned with the statue that he spend several years and 10s of thousands of dollars studying at Oxford.  Oh and Kassai’s business, Onfido, recently took a $50 million investment:

led by Softbank Investment and Salesforce Ventures.

And who is Softbank?  Softbank is a large investor based in Japan who manages $35 billion of Saudi sovereign money.

$35 billion … And Saudi Arabia:

is a destination country for men and women trafficked for the purposes of involuntary servitude and, to a lesser extent, commercial sexual exploitation.

That’s slavery right?  Would this be a racist investor Kassai?

So let’s just follow this logic.

To compensate for the removal of a statue of someone accused of facilitating slavery some 200 years ago, a wealthy fellow who runs a business today funded in part by money from a country that currently not only has legalised slavery but systemic slavery.

Right.

Perhaps some suggest Kassai to give the investment back to Softbank rather than funding the compensation to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes.

But that won’t happen.  Kassai and the Saudi’s aren’t long dead, white, men.

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22 Responses to Statue Games

  1. NoFixedAddress

    I guess all those Rhodes ‘Scholars’ will be tearing up their awards any moment now…….

  2. dopey

    Rhodes is gone. Next it will be Concord West then Meadowbank. Not even Strathfield is safe.

  3. Roger W

    Why this foolish persistence of the belief/hope that logic or rational thought has anything to do with all this?
    The idea is to get people to accept obviously false or contradictory thoughts. If they can persuade many millions today to believe that men are women, and vice versa, the sky is the limit. A little hypocrisy about the source of donations is really neither here nor there.

  4. BrettW

    My primary school in UK had 4 Houses. Two were named Gordon and Rhodes. Dont know when it happened but those names were changed. The other two houses were named after the founders of the school.

  5. Joanna Smythe

    Surely you’ve realised that slavery, looting, murder and any other horrible act against your fellow man, is perfectly alright today. It’s only things that happened years ago that are not now acceptable.

  6. jupes

    Surely you’ve realised that slavery, looting, murder and any other horrible act against your fellow man, is perfectly alright today.

    Depends who is doing the slavery, looting and murder. Only white people can be racist.

  7. Jock

    I didn’t realise Rhodes was involved in slavery. Is that correct. As for being a racist and believing himself superior to other races. Yes. Him and every other European at the time.

  8. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I thought the ultimate in stupidity was pulling down the statue of Ulysses Simpson Grant.

  9. Bela Bartok

    It’s only racist if white ppl from a non-leftist orientation do it.
    Brown, tan, sunburnt, Asian : knock yourself out.
    The hypocrisy is so transparent.

  10. Bronson

    So i guess oxford will be refusing Kassai’s slavery money?

  11. Natural Instinct

    If Rhodes is pulled down for capitalism and pain caused to Africans
    Then the Marx statue in the London cemetary must go for the millions of deaths undertaken in his name.
    Eye for an eye

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If Rhodes is pulled down for capitalism and pain caused to Africans
    Then the Marx statue in the London cemetary must go for the millions of deaths undertaken in his name.
    Eye for an eye

    Hear, hear!

  13. Stu Morgan

    In defence of Cecil Rhodes:

  14. duncanm

    Then the Marx statue in the London cemetary must go for the millions of deaths undertaken in his name.

    it should be crushed into pieces the size of grains of sand and cast into a urinal.

  15. Alex

    “it should be crushed into pieces the size of grains of sand and cast into a urinal.” I’m assuming the statue is metal to be able to be cast however is it a castable metal? Surely Marx would have insisted on a wooden statue, one which did not require much if any capital and elementary labour.

    Now I feel confident that their ABC will report this tonight, ……NOT.

  16. Chris Harper

    Um, Cecil Rhodes was born twenty years after slavery was abolished in the empire.
    He did not facilitate it.

  17. bollux

    These “people of colour” are demonstrating how inferior in thinking and behaviour they are. What great xchievments has Africa brought to the world? Racist I know, but aren’t their actions also?

  18. notafan

    It is a game.

    Any place ‘colonised’ ie settled by European has the same game played, where natural features are given the status of churches and cathedrals.

    Like Obama said

    You didn’t build that.

  19. DD

    Barbarian children will always be with us. Indulging them leads to the present.

  20. Mark M

    If only BLM, than here is a statue that should be torn down, as they saved white people …

    Yarri and Jacky captured handling their canoe in raging floodwaters in a pose that now will greet travellers to Gundagai for a long time to come …
    “On Friday June 25 1852 the small township of Gundagai, nestled on the river flats of the Murrumbidgee River, was completely destroyed when the flooded river burst its banks.
    Previous floods had not been this devastating and the early settlers ignored the advice of local Aboriginal people not to build on the low lying ground.
    Over two days around 80 people drowned from the 250 European residents then living in the township that had grown up around the river crossing.
    Nearly a third of the population were killed in what still remains as one of Australia’s greatest natural disasters. However another third of the township were rescued – plucked from rooftops or trees and ferried through the raging current to safety in bark canoes.”

    https://www.sea.museum/2017/11/24/yarri-jacky-great-flood-1852

    Not to mention indigenous beliefs about images of folk passed is not kosher.

  21. Jannie

    Rhodes funded or established every English speaking university in South Africa. As a capitalist he acted to invest a vast part of his fortune back into South African industry and economic infrastructure. The Afrikaners and the ANC elites may hate him, but they owe him their very intellectual and economic existence.

    Destroying statues of Rhodes makes as much sense as destroying statues of Teddy Roosevelt or U.S. Grant.

    BTW slavery was outlawed in the British Empire 20 years before Rhodes was born.

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