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Republican senator Tom Cotton says slavery was a "necessary evil"
United States Senator Tom Cotton (l) with Judge Brett Kavanaugh (r)
United States Senator Tom Cotton (l) with Judge Brett Kavanaugh (r) Credit: Office of Senator Tom Cotton / Public domain

In an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Republican senator Tom Cotton said the "role of slavery can't be overlooked," and that America shouldn't be portrayed as "an irredeemably corrupt, rotten and racist country" but rather "as an imperfect and flawed land, but the greatest and noblest country in the history of mankind."

Cotton, who was seen as a possible presidential candidate for 2024, further stated: "We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country. As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction."

Regional News • Africa
Nigeria: 300 men locked in rice-processing factory rescued by police

300 men had been locked in a rice-processing factory in Kano since the end of March. The men were held against their will, were forced to work and threatened if they wanted to leave. After one of the man called a human rights organization, the men were freed by the police.

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
Colston Hall, in Bristol, to change its name by fall
Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
Colston Hall, Bristol, UK Credit: Ben Mills

Colston Hall released a statement about the historic concert hall name change, that was announced in 2017, and expected to happen by fall 2020. The change reflects concerns over the association of Colston with the slave trade.

"Following the Black Lives Matter protests and the removal of the Edward Colston statue in #Bristol yesterday, we would like to reassert our commitment to changing the name of Colston Hall and give an update on the timescale for doing so.".

"The current name does not reflect our values as a progressive, forward-thinking and open arts organisation – we want it to be representative of the city, a beacon of its values of hope, diversity and inclusion." wrote the concert hall in a Twitter thread this Monday.

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
BLM protesters in Bristol topple slave trader statue
Statue of Edward Colston being pushed into Bristol Harbour
Statue of Edward Colston being pushed into Bristol Harbour Credit: BBC (Reproduction)

Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol, England, pulled down the statue of Edward Colston and then rolled it into the city's harbour.

Colson, a slave trader that was on the board of the Royal African Company in the 17th century and his statue was erected in the centre of Bristol in 1895.