While viewers criticized members of the UK government – Home Secretary Pretti Battle told Sky News that the incident was “completely disgraceful” – six-time world champion Hamilton wrote in an Instagram story that “Our country honored a man who sold African slaves.”
His statue has been standing in the city since 1895, but its existence has become increasingly controversial.
“All the statues of racist men who earned money by selling a person must be demolished! Which one is the next?” Said the British superstar F1, who has repeatedly spoken eloquently and passionately about the cause of racial injustice, especially since the death of George Floyd.
“I challenge the government.”
In another article on the Instagram story, the 35-year-old challenged “government officials around the world to make these changes and implement the peaceful removal of these racist symbols.”
All over the world, protestors gathered the streets for the second consecutive weekend to commemorate Floyd’s death and call for an end to racial injustice.
Hamilton has constantly used his program to support peaceful protests and has urged his fellow drivers to do the same.
The Formula 1 season 2020 has been temporarily postponed amid the epidemic but is due to resume in Austria on July 5.