Tuesday 30 August 2022

One battle was won

“The thing that’s really changed is that students used to take care not to upset the university authorities. Now it’s the other way round.”
Marie Daouda the French-Moroccan academic who led the fight to stop Oxford’s Oriel College pulling down its 115-year-old statue of Cecil Rhodes speaking to William Langley, two years ago.

The plans were shelved partly thanks to her. (Naturally, Oriel intended keeping Cecil Rhodes’s vast endowment).

Last summer she wrote in the Daily Telegraph that she was "perplexed" by the condemnation by Oxford's Department of Politics and International Relations of the decision. 
"As an African female tutor at Oriel, I would be glad to see less emotivity in the way some members of the university deal with Rhodes and with the whole race craze in general."

1 comment:

  1. That’s what happens when students pay for their education…power comes into their hands. Same with private schools. The parents pay the fees and rule the roost. On the lowest possible rung are the teachers who are given almost no respect at all by any party.