It is amazing how cities, not only in the USA but in Europe have streets and buildings built on white proviilege.
So, on may last visit to my home country I was in Bristol with my brother. This English City is a vibrant hub and used to be an important port in earlier days. During the height of the slave trade,
from 1700 to 1807, more than 2,000 slaving ships were fitted out at
Bristol, carrying a (conservatively) estimated half million people from
Africa to the Americas and slavery. There is a tendency to see slavery as something that happened in
America”. You can’t tell the story of
Britain’s role in abolishing slavery without first engaging with its
long history of participation in the slavery business,
By the 1740’s slavery was beginning to
be seen as an offence against ‘natural law‘ by a small but
growing section of British society. Others, notably ‘The Society of Friends‘
(Quakers) took up an anti-slavery stance on religious grounds as early as 1760. Four weeks after the great abolishonist William Wilberforce’s
death in 1833, the Emancipation Act became law and it took effect from 1st August 1834. It
marked the end of the slavery and plantation system.
But still, I was walking around the city and saw “Black Boy Hill” and “Whitelasies Road” So if you are a white woman you must be a lady, but if you are a black man you must be a boy! There is still work to be done.
Sources: References are to Wikipedia