Ahead of the March on Rhodes, Rhodes Must Fall Oxford organizers released a half hour podcast explaining the reasons for the march.
"This march is a chance for the movement to have an active response, that will put people into the spotlight again and hopefully generate a larger discussion." [RMF Oxford Organizer -March 8 '16 Podcast ]
After officials of Oriel College at Oxford University stated they would engage in a 6 month listening period to reach a consensus on what to do about the statue of Cecil Rhodes, they then decided to keep the statue without engaging in the 6 month listening period.
"Oriel’s decision to not put down the statute is not the end of Rhodes Must Fall." [RMF Oxford Organizer -March 8 '16 Podcast ]
“The statue of Rhodes has been a means to mobilize the political action... "[RMF Oxford Organizer -March 8 '16 Podcast ] Organizers assert the movement has always been about more than the statue.
“The problem at Oxford isn’t just the statue of Rhodes on the High (major street in Oxford), it’s the colonial history that remains unacknowledged..." [RMF Oxford Organizer -March 8 '16 Podcast ]
In reference to the earlier debates about the statue where there were comments to the effect of I barely saw the statue, another organizer positions the march as a way of showing more of the colonial iconography around Oxford.
“Ok, let’s take a stroll through [Oxford] and see all of these colonial relics as there are many..." [RMF Oxford Organizer -March 8 '16 Podcast ]
"It is an educational exercise as well as an exposition of our contestation of this space...” [RMF Oxford Organizer -March 8 '16 Podcast ]
The organizers planned the march as follows:
START 12:00pm GMT March 9th -
Oriel College - Renew demands for scholarships to people who are the descendants of "those who suffered Rhodes crimes" - [RMF Oxford Organizer]