People opposed to the removal of statues of slave traders across the UK have called for a boycott of Sainsbury’s supermarket.
The hashtag boycottsainsburys began trending on Twitter after the removal of the statue of Robert Milligan from West India Docks in London.
The statue was linked to the Museum of London – which is in part funded by Lord Sainsbury – descendant of the founder of the supermarket chain.
Lord Sainsbury, whose great-grandfather established the supermarket chain, helps fund the museum, reports BirminghamLive.
Milligan was a merchant, slaveholder and founded West India Docks. Milligan owned 526 slaves who worked at his sugar plantation.
His statue was removed after that of a slave trader was town down in Bristol.
Councils across the country have begun the process of removing or reviewing statues and street names linked to the slave trade.
That includes a review of statues of Sir Francis Drake in Plymouth.
It comes in the wake of Black Lives Matter protest across the country sparked by the killing of George Floyd in the USA.
One Twitter user wrote: “People are going to #BoycottSainsburys because Lord Sainsbury has urged statues of slave owners to be taken down? Are these people actually for real?”
A second added: “apparently one of the sainsbury’s bosses got rid of a slave trader statue and that’s why boycott sainsburys is trending rn??? i’m not even surprised at how explicit the racism has become. as in they’re not even trying to hide it”
A third wrote: “So, Sainsburys rightfully want to remove an offensive statue, and the UK wants to boycott Sainsbury’s because of it?? Talk about the UK ‘not being racist”
“Can we get a full list of everywhere racists are boycotting please? Imagine a world where you no longer have to encounter a single one of them” another wrote.