A few weeks ago, while covering 19th-century imperialism in my modern Europe course, my history sections perked up when I asked them to use their electronic devices to go to Twitter and search “#RhodesMustFall” (I generally don’t outlaw electronic devices, phones excepted). There was actually a spark of interest, as they realized that European imperialism of the 1880s wasn’t just something in a book but was still an active, debated subject today.
In any case, here are some leading articles on the topic, not precisely in chronological order. I may update this at a later date, especially for the British Empire:
Rhodes Must Fall: Twitter account of the University of Cape Town group.
Rhodes Must Fall Ox: Twitter account of the Oxford University group.
Joe Black, April 9, 2016: “I Am Glad Rhodes Fell.”
BBC, April 8, 2016; “Should Britain Be Ashamed of Its Colonial Past?”
Alistair Boone, April 6, 2016: “Making History, Not Erasing It.”
Marjan Bolesma, April 6, 2016: tweet of Dutch cartoon on Rhodes, from 1900.
Amia Srinivasan, March 31, 2016: Under Rhodes.
Rahul Rao, April 2, 2016: “On Statues.”
Candice Nembhard, April 7, 2016: “Education and Colour: The Importance of BME Student Communities.”
Brent Meersman, April 6, 2016: “Is UCT a safe space for art?”
Samira Ahmed, April 5, 2016: “The man who knew infinity: Difficult history & dreaming spires on film.”
London School of Economics, March 9, 2016: audio of lecture by Professor Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni, “Rhodes Must Fall”: South African Universities as Sites of Struggle.
Rose, Left Voice, March 28, 2016: “Voices from the Rhodes Must Fall Campaign”
Joanna Williams, March 25, 2016: “Tantrums About History Don’t Help Education.”
Rossa Minogue, March 24, 2016: “Podcast of Ideas: Must Rhodes Fall?”
Jessica Elgot, March 9, 2016: ‘Take it down!’: Rhodes Must Fall campaign marches through Oxford.
Trevor Black, February 24, 2016: “Life Interrupted.”
Phil vine, April 2, 2016: New Zealand’s Statutes of Shame?
Matthew Sweet et. al., Cecil Rhodes: A Bad Man in Africa
James Delingpole, December 23, 2015: “The Ugly True Story of #Rhodesmustfall: Oxford University’s Answer to #Blacklivesmatter”
James Delingpole, December 24, 2016: “Mud Huts V Western Civilization: Why #RhodesMustFall Must Fail.”
It’s also worth noting that a recent counter hashtag to #RhodesMustFall seems to be #ZumaMustFall, referring to Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa, who has been accused of corruption, which he denies.