Should slavery's statues be removed? On transitional justice and contested heritage

Joanna M Burch-Brown*

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Abstract

What should we do with statues and place-names memorializing people who committed human rights abuses linked to slavery and post-slavery racism? In this paper, I draw on UN principles of transitional justice to address this question. I propose that a successful approach should meet principles of transitional justice recognized by the UN, including affirming rights to justice, truth, reparations, and guarantees of non-recurrence of human rights violations. I discuss four strategies for handling contested heritage, examining strengths and weaknesses of each strategy. Examples from Bristol, England highlight common challenges as well as positive lessons.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Applied Philosophy
Early online date20 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Nov 2020

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