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Speak up 2021

I see tears and shame

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Black Lives Matter. The scream on the streets of America. The scream has circulated the world [within its media net]. In Australia it is also heard. People here ask why we have statutes and monuments to colonisers who were slave traders and murderers of Indigenous people. The King of Belgium is another target, with WA to rename a mountain range – once called Leopold. History is suddenly alive. I remember in Greenwich Park, London, bronze monuments to Generals I’d never heard of, astride horses usually. Churchill has been layered behind wood in Parliament Square, London, his racism exposed. It is about time the 19th and 20th centuries were excised, and the 21st liberated. Let Lives Speak, whatever colour.

By John Pitt

Artist and Creative

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