(Original post by shady lane)
Yes Helenia that was my whole point. If Platocrates wants to study black history he should go to the US because the UK doesn't really teach it. It's not just an Oxbridge problem. There aren't enough black people in the UK for any good university to feel compelled to offer black history.
I think the fact that the African Studies library at Oxford is called Rhodes House, named after one of the most brutal racists and a subimperialist, says it all.
There are colleges named after or founded by people who persecuted other people of other religions at oxbridge. SHould they all rename themseleves or disband in penintence?
The Rhodes Library is owned by the Rhodes Trust, an organistaion which has along with the Nelson Mandal foundation. in 2004 he was voted 56th greatest South African. Now South Africa is no longer dominated by the English and Mandela has been one of the most progressive forces in the world in countering racism and forms of imperilaism. yes, I don't think everything Rhodes did was necesssarily positive but you can't necessarily judge him by modern standards. And renaming everything would be very difficult, should Penny Lane be named? Would that mean the beatles song would have to be renamed?
And anyway using your logic: You have a state and a capital named after someone who owned slaves. there are plenty of other monuments etc named after Presidents who were racist. You could say that says it all...