RMF demand an end to racism, decolonisation of the curriculum & slam Oriel as ‘dishonest’.

Last week it became apparent it takes £100 million of donor’s cash to secure the future of the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel. Obviously, the Rhodes Must Fall campaign was not happy with the college’s decision to keep the statue, plaque and end the 6-month listening exercise early. RMF reacted to the decision in a press conference at Regent’s Park College this morning.

RMF’s summarised demands…

In their statement, RMF called Oriel “outrageous, dishonest, and cynical”, and said the decision to not remove the statue or plaque represented a dictatorship of donors, lacked legitimacy and ignored principle, labelling the college as “sellouts”. RMF went on to blast the “neoliberalisation of higher education”  and the associated cuts to university funding, which they claimed is ultimately to blame for the college’s decision to bow to pressure for donors to keep the statue. Money does talk after all…

Laying out their demands in detail, activists argued for a new OUSU VP position focussed on race, as well as Tutors for Race at both college and university level across Oxford. They also called for a decolonised curriculum, which might take a bit of work when over 70% of authors were white on the reading list for the topic “Ethnicity & Identity” studied by first-year English students.

How big will the donation to the University need to be to encourage them to sweep these demands under the carpet too?

This article has 8 comments

  1. I come to Versa for critical comment on news stories. There ain’t none of that here – why not point out the ridiculousness of RMF’s language yet again?

    Do tell me what is the difference between you and the OxStu nowadays.

  2. What a boring write up. I could just read their own statement if I wanted to know any of this.

  3. You’re so basic Versa.

  4. Versa used to pride itself on being a critical voice, but I’ve read more critical stuff of RMF in Cherwell when Versa is yet to say anything about it. You present yourselves as a bastion of free speech, but I haven’t read anything provocative here in a very long time.

  5. Wasn’t Versa supposed to tell the stories that everybody else couldn’t? This rot is below agitprop, a puff piece for RMF. Why is Versa afraid nowadays to publish stories that upset people?

  6. Goooooooooo Versa! I love you.

  7. any observant individual

    peter johnstone all those comments are clearly just from you literally bore off

  8. Pingback: VERSA | Rhodes Must Fall take to the streets in colonial walking tour

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