Yesterday the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was torn down and thrown into Bristol Harbour by a group of protesters . UK Black Lives Matter protesters tip statue of slave trader into harbour This comes not long after the statue of Robert E.Lee is to be removed Richmond , Virginia this time by order of the Governor of Virginia. Virginia governor orders removal of Lee statue The mood and values of society changes over time.I remember listening Alistair Cooke Letter From America to be careful of not judging people outside of their historical context and gave the example of Abraham Lincoln who kept slaves. This was something he was expected to do and he treated them quite well. Let us not forget we are all products of our upbringing and conditioning of life's circumstances.