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Poll: 'Nelson was a white supremacist' - Should Nelson's Column be torn down?

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A national newspaper columnist has called for Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square to be pulled down because he was "a white supremacist".

Writing for The Guardian, Afua Hirsch argues that, with the US debating wether to tear down monuments to supporters of slavery, the same should be happening here.

And she believes the statue of Lord Admiral Nelson, who began life in Norfolk, that towers over Trafalgar Square in London should be the first sacrifice.

Ms Hirsch says the celebrated seaman "was what you would now call, without hesitation, a white supremacist".

"While many around him were denouncing slavery, Nelson was vigorously defending it.

"Britain’s best known naval hero – so idealised that after his death in 1805 he was compared to no less than “the God who made him” – used his seat in the House of Lords and his position of huge influence to perpetuate the tyranny, serial rape and exploitation organised by West Indian planters, some of whom he counted among his closest friends."

– Afua Hirsch, writing for The Guardian.

Her views have prompted strong responses on either side of the argument. But what do you think? Vote in our online poll above.