University of Oxford chancellor defends Cecil Rhodes statue
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Oxford chancellor defends Rhodes statue

Lord Patten says those campaigning against Oxford University's Cecil Rhodes statue may not be suited to study at the university.

The chancellor of Oxford University has said that campaigners for the removal of the statue of Victorian colonialist Cecil Rhodes from outside an Oxford college may not be suited to study at the university.

Campaigners have said the prominent statue of the “racist, enslaving murderer” makes students feel threatened and have called for the statue to be placed in a museum.

But Lord Patten told the Today programme that if Oxford students did not demonstrate a “generosity of spirit” towards history and respect for the principle of free speech “they should think about being educated elsewhere”.

  • 13 Jan
  • From the section UK