BLM protesters quietly replace toppled slave trader monument with a statue of one of their own

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In what may be a little more honesty than intended, Black Lives Matter protesters in the United Kingdom ripped down a statue only to later replace it with a sculpture of one of their own.

The remarkable thing about the Black Lives Matter movement — which is based on a narrative not supported by recent statistics, that racially-motivated police brutality is rampant in America — is that it resonated across the pond. This being a testament to not only the power of pop culture, but just how strong hive-mind is in the year 2020.

A statue of slave trader Edward Colston was toppled by protesters last month and thrown in the Bristol Harbor, with the pedestal, or plinth, left empty.

And in the early morning hours Wednesday, a black and resin steel sculpture of BLM protester Jen Reid was erected on the platform, according to The Mirror.

Reid would later show up to say she “shed a tear” when she saw the statue of herself erected.

Of course, she was in on the jig all along, with The Guardian reporting that Reid said she had been secretly working with artist Marc Quinn on the idea for weeks.

“I feel elated. Excited. I’m full of pride,” she said. “I feel really, really proud.”

“I shed a tear, which took me by surprise,” Reid added. “It’s really emotional.”

Quinn had the new statue installed without permission from local authorities, when a team of 10 people showed up Wednesday before 5 am to quickly install the artwork.

The sculpture was based on a photo Reid’s husband had taken at last month’s protest, as she explained in the video below.

And while rage mobs can decide on the spur of the moment which statutes can and cannot stand in the city, Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees said after Wednesday’s actions the future of the plinth and any memorials must be decided on by the city’s residents.

The mayor did not say if or when the new sculpture would be removed.

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