Though it may be a ‘mandatory’ part of the school curriculum, it is abbreviated and whitewashed. Unfortunately, Britain prides itself on this unevenly dispersed inclusion of Black British history and it is time we say this is NOT enough. It is not enough that we only learn Black British history in brief sections such as, slavery and through isolated individuals like, Nelson Mandela and Mary Seacole.
These isolated teaching of history gives the false illusion that for the most part, the UK is ‘innocent’. It is not. White British people continue to benefit from the enslavement of our ancestors, and the continual oppression of Black people, all while refusing to acknowledge this privilege or understanding that there is no British history or future without the atrocities of the Empire.
“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change”— Audre Lorde
We cannot create a new system if our education system wants us to believe that the time inequality and racism has passed. It has not.
I am the sugar at the bottom of the English cup of teaStuart Hall
Stop enforcing white supremacy and teach our whole history, learn how to pronounce our names. For many of us, our names mean that our ancestors survived.