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Piers Morgan savaged by John Barnes in statue row – ‘They owned SLAVES’

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Since the Black Lives Matter protests erupted around the globe, it has prompted reviews into some statues and monuments that have ties to the slave trade. It comes after slave trader Edward Colston’s statue was thrown into the harbour in Bristol during a demonstration earlier this month.

Mr Morgan has defended the removal of Colston’s statue and said: “The Colston statue removal, I get that, I think you could have brought a lot of people with you on that.

“Many would have said, ‘Yeah, this day and age it is wrong to be celebrating a slave owner and a slave trader’.”

Riots have erupted across the US and statues of former presidents George Washington and Ulysses E Grant have been vandalised.

In a recent column in the MailOnline, Mr Morgan criticised protesters for destroying the monuments of “America’s greatest icons”.

Mr Morgan acknowledged both Washington and Grant owned slaves but said they also fought for equality.

However, former England international footballer John Barnes has attacked Mr Morgan over his remarks.

Writing on Twitter, Mr Barnes said: “Piers saying toppling Colston statue is right because he owned slaves, but in America toppling Washington and Jefferson’s statue is wrong because they were great men.

“THEY BOTH OWNED SLAVES… I don’t believe in toppling statues necessarily but who chooses which ones?!?!!”

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It’s not just monuments and statues which have been criticised during the movement.

Little Britain has been pulled from all streaming services due to blackface with both Matt Lucas and David Walliams apologising.

Mr Lucas posted a statement – which was also echoed by Mr Walliams – saying: “David and I have both spoken publicly in recent years of our regret that we played characters of other races.

“Once again we want to make it clear that it was wrong and we are very sorry.”

Gone with the Wind was banned by HBO.

Songs such as Swing Low, Sweet Charity is also facing the potential axe from Rugby Football Union games.

The song was reportedly written by Wallace Willis, a Native American who was a slave in the Deep South before the American Civil War.

It’s believed a minister transcribed the words he heard Mr Wallis sing and the African American group, The Jubilee Singers, popularised it as they toured the world.



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