Two facts, one fun and one more thoughtful:
Fun fact: Your countryman Gerald Portal, Britain's consul in Zanzibar, called the Ethiopians "savage and untrustworthy" but also praised their courage and national pride. He also presciently commented that Italy was making a serious mistake in underestimating "a gallant enemy because his skin happens to be chocolate or brown or black, and because his men have not gone through orthodox courses of field-firing, batallion drill or autumn maneuvers..."
Thoughtful fact: White historical figures apparently aren't the only ones whose legacies are being disputed these days. We in the West have probably heard about the criticisms of Gandhi and statues dedicated to him, but there are the same conflicts in Ethiopia today about Menelik II. Some people hail him as an anti-imperialist hero and Pan-African icon, while others deplore what they describe as his actions against their own ethnocultural group: