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UK City Refused To Change 'Racist' Street Names

Anish Vij

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UK City Refused To Change 'Racist' Street Names

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Sheffield council have said that the various street names associated with 'racist, outdated and uncomfortable messages' will not be changed.

The BBC has reported that the local council had conducted a review due to 2020 protests where statue of slave trader Edward Colston was pulled from its plinth in Bristol.

The review included Sheffield Council, Sheffield Museums, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University and, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

It was presented to the commission earlier in the year and found that a number of streets in Sheffield were linked to people involved in the slave trade, such as Canning Street, Cannon Hall Road, Dundas Road and Havelock Street.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Although the city doesn't have such statues, the review found that there was a lack of diversity in its monuments.

There are 100 statutes registered with the council register and not one was dedicated to non-white people.

It is believed that the plaque used to honour Dame Jessica-Ennis Hill is the only monument that celebrates someone who isn't white.

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Credit: Alamy

A council spokesperson said: "We acknowledge this strong feeling and are not currently intending to change any of the existing street names or remove any statues." 

“The report into statues and street names is only part of the council’s wider responses to making the city and its places, spaces and communities that make up the city.

“The report of the Race Equality Commission will be published in 2022 and we will act on its recommendations. 

“The council has also recently established local area committees which will bring new ways of working with a much more local focus.”

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Credit: Alamy

The Race Equality Commission has been chaired by Professor Emeritus Kevin Hylton from Leeds Beckett University.

It has carried out enquires with regard to the following themes - business and employment, civic life and communities, crime and justice, education, health, sport and culture.

As seen on the government website: "The Commission has considered a range of written and oral evidence received from organisations and individuals from Sheffield and other cities.

"It has looked at what people thought would work to tackle racism and racial inequalities in the city. Hearings for each theme were held between May and July 2021.

"The Commission’s final report and full recommendations will be published in 2022."

Topics: UK News, Racism

Anish Vij
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