‘Don’t ventriloquise Madiba!’ Oxford dons tear into their ...


‘Don’t ventriloquise Madiba!’ Oxford dons tear into their vice-chancellor

University leader accused of using Mandela’s words inappropriately to defend colonial-era statues

Camilla Turner

Oxford University’s vice-chancellor has been condemned by dons who have accused her of making “unwarranted claims” about Nelson Mandela.

Prof Louise Richardson has been criticised by 14 of her university’s own professors who warned that she should not “presume to speak for black students or people of colour”. Writing to this publication, the academics said it was “inappropriate” for her to “ventriloquise” the late anti-apartheid leader.

The row comes amid rising tensions in Oxford, which faces renewed calls to tear down the statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oriel College over his links with Britain’s colonial past. It is among dozens of monuments at risk of being torn down in the name of anti-racism...

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