JUSTICE – Bordeaux city hall will file a complaint against X after the degradation of a slave statue, erected in memory of the city’s slave trade, an act “probably racist”, the municipality announced on Monday (September 13th).

A bronze statue representing, on a human scale, a slave bought by two Bordeaux brothers in the 18th century, then freed, was discovered whitewashed or whitewashed to the bust.

Very surprised this morning to see the statue of Modeste Testas in this way. It’s half covered in white. We’re trying to get more info .. # bordeaux # gironde # modestetestas # LaCleDesOndesCc @ SO_Bordeaux @ 20minutesbord @ OEscots @ KarfaDIALLOpic.twitter.com / LPEiPM647A

According to Stéphane Gomot, city councilor in charge of heritage and memory, this is a “likely racist” act.

If this is true, he said, “it is an ultra-violent attack on everything that this statue represents, an attack on women, a racist attack, an attack on the memory of people deported within the framework of the slave trade, an infringement of art ”.

Denouncing an act “clearly political”, Karfa Diallo, elected regional, also announced to file a complaint on behalf of his association Mémoires et Partages, which fights for the memory of slavery.

It is “yet another provocation against the memory of a crime against humanity that is slavery”, he adds on France 3. “This act obeys a racist rhetoric of the extreme right, which wants to disqualify the color black in favor of the color white ”, he is indignant.

The statue of the slave Modeste Testas (1765-1870), née Al Pouessi, was inaugurated in May 2019 on the banks of the Garonne in the presence of his Haitian descendant, one more step in the recognition by Bordeaux of its past enrichment. linked to slavery.

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