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Anti-Rhodes students should study somewhere else: Oxford chancellor

Anti-Rhodes students should study somewhere else: Oxford chancellor

Oxford University’s chancellor, Lord Patten says that students who cannot embrace Cecil Rhode’s legacy as part of history “should think about being educated elsewhere”.

The chancellor was speaking to UK media regarding the #RhodesMustFall movement which is being spearheaded by a South African student Ntokozo Qwabe at the university.

Qwabe is the co-founder of Rhodes Must Fall In Oxford – “an organisation determined to decolonise the space, the curriculum, and the institutional memory at, and to fight inter-sectional oppression within, Oxford”.

The campaign was born out of the Rhodes Must Fall – #RhodesMustFall – protest movement originally directed against a statue at the University of Cape Town (UCT) commemorating Cecil Rhodes that began in March 2015.

In response to the movement, chancellor Patten said that the university was respecting the protesting students by listening to their views, even if the institute didn’t necessarily agree.

He said that a university like Oxford was open to the world, and offered a platform to engage and debate. It was a place to be confronted with ideas, which should be engaged with, not shut down.

“Oxford and every other university is full of people saying and arguing things which I don’t agree with. That’s absolutely right,” he said.

“We should tolerate freedom of speech and freedom of inquiry right across the board. That’s what a liberal, open society is all about.”

He said that, at the end of his life, Rhodes left his whole fortune to a scholarship programme which has helped to ensure that Oxford University manages to be a university for the whole world.

“But if people at our university aren’t prepared to show the generosity of spirit which Nelson Mandela showed towards Rhodes and towards history… then maybe they should think about being educated elsewhere.”

Patten suggested anti-Rhodes students go study at a Chinese university, “where they are not allowed to talk about ‘western values’.”

Historians have pointed out that, while black and female students are now able to attend Oxford on the Rhodes scholarship, Rhodes, an ardent white supremacist, never intended for his money to be used to educate women or blacks.

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  • Overberger

    Finally, a voice of reason….!!!

  • Zander Boshoff

    Good for him. Whenever silly fools play the racism card everyone just bows down. This nonsense neeeds to stop

  • Rene Nortje

    the truth. dont like it then leave.! dont bite the hand that feeds you.

    • Helderberg Helderberg

      Exactly – That’s why the poor keep on Voting for the ANC – they get food-parcels when Voting for ANC.

  • Ga77a

    Starting to realise that you don’t hold global exclusivity on historical disadvantage.

  • Warchylde

    Expel him already

    • Skerminkel

      “Oxford and every other university is full of people saying and arguing
      things which I don’t agree with. That’s absolutely right,” he said.

      • Warchylde

        Arguing is one thing, this cretin has apparently orchestrated attacks on statues etc.

  • Warthog

    too bad that uct did not adopt this attitude

    • TheZenOfZen

      UCT have the odds stacked against them.

      • Jon Low

        Hard to stand tall and firm when you have no backbone.

  • victor lossa

    …….assolutely !!!!……live according to your principles….unless you have no principles, or you’re just another hypocrite……..

    • Greg_Shark

      Groucho Marx – “I have principles…. if you don’t like them I have others”….

      • victor lossa

        Jakop could find inspiration in Groucho….fortunately he does not read much it seems….heh heh heh heh……

  • Dreigorian

    ooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh burn baby burn hahahhaha. Still glad to see the UK have decent brains over there. I better contact his Patten because here in sa, when they don’t get what they demand, they burn it down, oxford is in danger!!!!

  • Guy Morel

    Great that someone can cut through all the politically correct BS and speak sense into the issue.

  • DaveL

    Well said. If you do not agree just stay away. Applying today’s norms to events that took place so long ago is morally and ethically bankrupt. It also show a misunderstanding of history.

  • slitza

    Lord Patten, you brilliant sir

    • Mamparra

      ““But if people at our university aren’t prepared to show the generosity of spirit which Nelson Mandela showed towards Rhodes and towards history… then maybe they should think about being educated elsewhere.”

      Viva, Chris Patten, Viva!!


  • Wurnman

    Lord Patten should use more street language as his explanation is of a higher degree of english. Certainly to much for Ntokozo Qwabe to understand.

  • Dreigorian

    I’ll just post it again since it was removed for some odd reason…

  • Blapartheid Zulu

    Lol. Go study at a chinese university lol, brilliant! Love it! China is very open now a days, all the white haters, please go study there, they will love you there! No Rhodes, no whites, no pw botha, no Mandela, no ANC , no NP.

  • Veldmeisie

    Someone better brush up on their Chinese! And not only are you not allowed speaking about Western culture, but none of this “social media” rubbish either! Perfect, for people as sensitive as you and Sizwe, Ntokozo!.

  • Peter Verwer

    Well said Lord Patten, irrespective of the wrongs that Rhodes has done his educational scholarship programme is assisting students all over the world, so get over it, you cannot change history.

  • Mike Lee

    According to Professor Tim Crowe (UCT) the scholarships were to be awarded “without regard to race or religion” – perhaps someone here can refute that…


    You know Genghis Khan was a murderous warlord who decimated vast areas of the European continent even unto China and Korea! However I have not yet been able to influence myself to attack the Mongolian Embassy in retribution of all the white lives he ended! So sad!

  • MH

    That fool wants to incite racial hatred in a non-racist society – the filthy racism that has been thought to him by his racist ANC masters.

  • DumbSA


    • Archerbald


    • Jon Low

      Or Burkina Faso. (The Chinese are very, very advanced.)

  • Jo

    Worse than a dog. Seriously biting the hand that feeds him. If Qwabe doesn’t like Rhodes or what he did or think, then why did he accept the bursary? It’s like accepting money from someone, when you know it was stolen from someone else, who was murdered for it.

  • Archerbald

    I only have one thing to say: Waaaaaaaaah

  • Brian

    Exactly! If you don’t like it go elsewhere. At last someone cuts through the BS

  • Robert Dixon

    The people who accept a Rhodes Scholarship and then indicate that they consider Rhodes to have been a “bad person” and all that traces of his legacy should be removed are simply hypocrites.

    Lord Patten’s invitation for the dissatisfied to study elsewhere is a perfect response.
    There are lots of African universites to choose from where these people will feel quite at home.
    No racism or oppression – probably no scholarship either.

    Zimbabwe, perhaps? It has a long history of tolerance and “freedom”.

  • Jon Low

    Makes sense. If you’re a vegetarian, you don’t choose to eat out in a steakhouse.

  • arthur

    At last someone say it as it is. Well done on the other hand Rhodes was a Free Mason makes you think…

  • Bob salad

    “I could never accept the position that we should disqualify a human being on account of his colour.” Cecil Rhodes. Racist, I think not.

  • Good for him! These ungrateful narrow-minded should go elsewhere then. And at the same time, learn not to bite the hand that feeds – always just “give, give, give”, and never, “thank you”!

  • Kainunable

    I cannot imagine the level of entitlement where you get a freaking scholarship to Oxford and you STILL MANAGE to b*tch about it. #thisiswhywecanthavenicethings

  • Alegro

    100%! Don’t bite the hand that feeds you … those that do must be kicked out. What a cheek, take the money with the one hand while waving your other fist and shouting abuse!

  • ChantOlive

    bugger off back to SA …these few students are just looking to get attention back home…. no one in the UK gives a toss….

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