Rejected petition Remove the slave trader George Carteret statue and to rename Trenton square.

After reading Ollie Taylor's article "Jersey’s Links to Slavery" I felt inspired to start a campaign to remove the George Carteret statue and to rename Trenton Square. History shouldn't be forgotten but those who benefited from the enslavement of individuals do not deserve these honours.

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By removing the monuments to these men, we would be choosing not to celebrate them and by doing so acknowledge their crimes against humanity. The full history of their backgrounds have been ignored by the island and its time to discuss and reflect on our collective past, educate ourselves and make changes that positively impact the communities we live in. Monuments should be reserved for those who bring about positive change, equality and social unity.

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Why was this petition rejected?

There’s already a petition about this issue. We cannot accept a new petition when we already have one about a very similar issue.

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As well as a petition about renaming Trenton Square, we had several about the statue. One of the issues we had with all of the versions submitted was that the statue is on private land and petitions have to seek action from the States about something: they could not make the owner take down the statue. What the Assembly can be asked to do is ensure all monuments in the public realm align with modern values and don't celebrate slave traders. We hope you will be able to support both the petitions which have now gone 'live'.

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