Just in case you hadn't already guessed, I was responsible for the spate a graffiti in Broadstairs and Ramsgate on Saturday night (27 June). The graffiti targeted Broadstairs and St Peter’s Town Council offices at Pierremont Hall , the office of the Broadstairs Folk Week, the Thanet Council owned Dickens Museum, the box protecting the controversial Uncle Mack memorial plaque in Broadstairs and 2 street signs in Broadstairs and Ramsgate.
I selected the targets as they represent the deep-rooted institutional racism of Broadstairs Town and Thanet District councils and the Broadstairs Dickens Week and Folk Week charities who openly support, celebrate, and fund with public money, offensive blacked up Morris dancers, Uncle Mack’s blacked up Minstrel show memorial, and genocidal racists such as Charles Dickens and King Leopold of Belgium.
I am already under Police investigation for spray painting the protective box covering the Uncle Mack memorial following a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Broadstairs on 13 June. I have no regrets about my actions. I will be making no apology. I did the right thing and would do it again if needs be. I have, and will, co-operate fully with the Police in their investigations and will robustly defend my actions in court if I am prosecuted.
I have been campaigning against, what I believe to be the institutional racism of the Broadstairs and Dickens and Folk week events and the Broadstairs and Thanet councils for several years but to no avail. I have now been forced, by the inaction, of these organisations to take direct measures to expose the appalling racism of our local government and some of our major charities who are being funded by the councils. Although I live here and love the place, in my opinion Broadstairs richly deserves the epithet Racism-on-Sea.
My actions are nothing to do with the Black Lives Matter movement, of which I am a supporter, and are purely part of my own individual protest for which I alone am responsible.
My actions were provoked by Broadstairs Town Council decision of 24th June to retain the Uncle Mack memorial and Thanet Council’s woefully inadequate review of its publicly funded racist properties and activities.
My actions were inspired by the brave and heroic people who recently toppled the statue of slave owner Edward Colston in Bristol, and the hundreds of thousands of people across the world who are toppling and defacing thousands of other racist memorials and forcing their governments, through direct action such as mine, to rename the streets and buildings which previously honoured and celebrated racists.
Peaceful direct action, such as graffiti, the destruction and defacing of offensive statues and memorials has always been, and always will be, a legitimate part of protest and social change and was used extensively by the suffragettes, the anti-poll tax, anti-fracking, and climate change movements in the UK, and national liberation struggles the world over.
I fully support and encourage this form of political expression wherever and whenever it is necessary, especially in my hometown which, to its shame, is rapidly becoming known as Racism-On-Sea.
Here are links to some of my previous posts