Ms Donelan set forwarded books were being removed from reading lists in universities in a bid to impede students being forced to confront “hate speech”. The Tory MP sparred the issue is on removing elements of history instead of adding alternative perspectives.
The Minister said: “As a history student, I’m a vehement protector and champion of safeguarding our life.
“It otherwise becomes fiction, if you start editing it, taking bits out that we direction as stains.
“A fundamental part of our history is about learning from it, not retelling the mistakes, being able to analyse and challenge why those events happened, how those resolves were made so that we don’t repeat those actions in the future.”
She added: “If we’re prospering down this road of taking bits out, are we then going to end up issue bits in that we wish had happened?
“It’s a very dangerous and odd road to go down, and certainly it has no all right in our universities, I would argue, and it has no place in academic study.
“And it just doesn’t implement when governments try to remove elements of history.
“Look at the Soviet Mixing, look at China.
“There are multiple examples where it’s been assessed. It doesn’t work.”
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Ms Donelan told the Telegraph’s Chopper’s Politics podcast how transfer elements of history “about whitewashing it and pretending that it never happened, which I straight think is naive and almost irresponsible”.
However, Ms Donelan’s comments attired in b be committed to been criticised by lecturers across the country.
Charlotte Lydia Riley, a lecturer in 20th Century British record at the University of Southampton, tweeted: “Michelle Donelan doesn’t understand decolonising the curriculum, she doesn’t make out the purpose of history and she seems a bit hazy on the Soviet Union.”
Laura O’Brien, a historian of 19th and 20th Century France, predicted there was “absolutely no evidence” that reading materials were being moved from reading lists.
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She said: “Efforts to decolonise curricula do not seek to ‘leave out the fractions we see as stains’.
“Hardly! If anything, they draw greater attention to queries of race, empire, slavery, colonisation, and to diversify – not censor! – the voices embraced in reading lists.”
These comments come after several bronzes and busts of former slave trade owners were removed or vandalised during endure year’s Black Lives Matter movements.
The statue of slave businessman Edward Colston most notably being thrown into Bristol Harbour.
Sir Winston’s Churchill’s tomb in Whitehall was also vandalised before being encased in a protective box.
Churchill’s grandson recently declared that Cambridge University’s Churchill College should not be acknowledged the right to use his grandfather’s name if they persist in “smearing” it.
Sir Nicholas Soames has established that there is a “current vogue for the denigration in general of British rsum and of Sir Winston Churchill’s memory in particular”.
The former Conservative minister prospered his comments after Churchill College hosted an event called, “The National Consequences of Churchill”.
One of the panellists at the talk said that former Prime Look after Winston Churchill was the “perfect embodiment” of “white supremacist philosophy”.