Date: Sun 12 June 2016
Start point: St Clement Danes Chapel,
Hosts: Charlie Gilmour & Ben Griffin
The time has come for Britain to face up to its colonial past.
Campaigners in Oxford recently made headlines with their attempts to topple a statue of white-supremacist Cecil Rhodes. But he’s far from the only imperial figure with precarious morals perched on a pedestal. A brisk walk through central London turns up a killer on almost every street corner.
The short stretch from the Strand to Parliament Square contains more butchers than Smithfield Market. Together, they’re either directly responsible for or implicated in the deaths of as many as 30 million people.
Forget Clapton or Moss Side: Whitehall is the real “murder mile”.
From famines to fire-bombings, massacres to mass incarceration, Charlie Gilmour will unpick some of the lesser known, and deeply shameful, moments in the histories of those we choose to honour. Together we can decide what should be done with them.
Ben Griffin, former SAS soldier and co-founder of Veterans For Peace UK, will join us for a discussion of the horrors that lie behind behind military heroism.
Charlie Gilmour is a writer and statue-botherer.
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ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW is a collaborative experiment to revisit and reimagine the Antiuniversity of 1968 in a programme of events inspired by the spirit, people and activities of the Antiuniversity of East London.
The ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW programme challenges academic and class hierarchy through an open invitation to teach and learn any subject, in any form, anywhere.