We live in an unrecognisable world to Cecil Rhodes, and better that he remain a visual anachronism than to try to wipe out the acceptance of racism that erected him in the first place. To be a moralist in this way today opens up the path to the same hypocrisies of Rhodes' time.
They will add a sign about his racist history though.
Rhodes' legacy as a colonialist is now coming under controversy at the historic school.
Student protestors associated with #RhodesMustFall also want Oriel College to remove Cecil Rhodes' statue.
It's important to realize how this line of thinking is still hugely influential today as developing nations remain prime targets for businesses looking to offload pollution and exploit cheap labor.