Ranvir Singh absolutely nailed why it’s time to reevaluate the history books during today’s Loose Women.
Following the rise in Black Lives Matter marches which have swept across the world following the needless death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by police, the spotlight has been thrown back on several leaders and figures who have been historically celebrated.
In London, Winston Churchill’s monument has been decorated with the words ‘was a racist’, in Bristol, slave trader Edward Colston’s statue was taken down and dumped in the Avon.
In turn, several cities have followed suit to remove monuments celebrating slave traders, racists and other so-called ‘heroes’ from their centres.
With most schools closed for the pandemic and millions of parents teaching history from home, there’s no better time to reevaluate how we’re looking at the past.
‘There are facts in history which aren’t taught, like the famine in Bengal which Churchill’s behaviour affected, the fact Gandhi worked in South Africa and had a terrible view of black South Africans,’ Ranvir explained to fellow Loose Women panelists Stacey Solomon, Nadia Sawalha and Kay Adams.
‘People make mistakes in their lives and we need to be honest about that.’
‘I think there’s blind spots because it’s who is telling the story,’ she continued.
‘People who have been left behind never had power to tell those stories and I think that is a time to change.
‘I think people who built up all that pain for years and years are now finally being heard.’
Kay asked: ‘So history is written by the victors?’
‘Yeah and it has to change,’ the Good Morning Britain host finished.
Viewers applauded Ranvir in their droves on Twitter:
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
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