posted on Apr, 10 2015 @ 08:32 PM
a reply to: aethertek
There's no evidence he raped anybody or kept slaves.
In fact, the British stopped slavery, and even ransomed back slaves from the Arabs.
The British campaign to stop slavery came at a great cost to their navy and the British taxpayer.
The African population of southern Africa also increased manifold under British colonialism.
That doesn't mean Rhodes wasn't problematic, but the entire era is problematic by our modern standards.
Even the South African Communist Party had the slogan: "Workers of the World Unite for a White South Africa" until 1924.
So if "transformation" means erasing the past, there's a lot of work to be done.
But, it also cannot be denied that universities, infrastructure and entire buildings were the legacy of colonialism.
There were only grass huts before that.