The iconoclasm in US and UK has now spread to Scandinavia, where petitions in Sweden and Norway have called for statues of “racist” historical persons to be taken down.
Lovette Jallow is a Gambian national and BLM activist living in Sweden. She recently said that: “I know the Carl Von Linné statue is shaking”, but added that she wasn’t encouraging anyone to harm the statue, Nyheter Idag reports.
Carl Von Linne was a famous Swedish botanist, zoologist, and physician who formalised binomial nomenclature, the modern system of naming organisms.
Jallow, a foreigner, disapproves of Sweden’s commemoration of Von Linne because he was the first scientist who divided mankind into races. There are statues of him in various cities throughout Sweden. Recently, far-left activists have launched a petition to have one of Von Linne’s statues removed. At present, the petition has 1,566 signatures.
Meanwhile, in Norway, a Moroccan woman living named Yasmin Zannachi has started the petition to take down two statues in Oslo – one of Winston Churchill, and the other of the Norwegian writer Ludvig Holberg, Document Norway reports.
Zannachi says: “Take down the slave trader statues! Among other things, at Solli Square and the National Theater in Oslo, there are statues of Winston Churchill and Ludvig Holberg, respectively, who both invested heavily in the slave trade. It is INCREDIBLE that white men think it was okay to suppress black people until they have degrees in our streets! We expect all the statues to be laid down!”
Zannachi’s petition, which now has over 4,000 signatures, is supported by the youth organization of the Norwegian Greens.
Teodor Bruu, spokesperson for the Norwegian Green Youth says: “We think it is totally obvious that we should not have statues of racists and slave traders in our towns.”
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