The anti-racist educator

In Scotland we don’t learn much about our history as a slave trading nation. What most Scots remember from what we learned about the slave trade in school is a simplified and questionable version of history. This goes back to years of historiography which left out perspectives and contributions of people of colour.

In my school experience, I was taught about the triangular trade, with emphasis on the horrors of the middle passage. I learned that slaves were taken from the West African coast to the Americas to work on sugar and tobacco plantations, at some point William Wilberforce came along and campaigned to abolish the trade. Then years later in the 1960s there was a civil rights movement in America which made racism go away.

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