Black Lives Matter
Activists are using the iconography of the “American martyr” to fight their own political battles
The focus on individual traders like Colston means lawyers are out of sight—but they facilitated the trade
The deep—and often surprising—roots of British and American racism
Its effect is to stall conversations about anti-Black racism and instead either pretend that all lives do matter, or talk about everybody’s lives all at once—whether or not particular groups are...
Astronomers unknowingly dedicated moon craters to Nazis. Will the next historical reckoning be at cosmic level?
Philip Ball / June 26, 2020
Science is slowly facing up to its own problems with monuments to its historical figures, even when they are not on earth
Editing the past to tell some stories while silencing others is exactly what public commemorations do—even in the 19th century, the campaign to commission the Colston statue was met with a distinct...
Will Tanner / June 17, 2020
There is no historical figure whose arguments are better suited to our times
Slavery is celebrated on our plinths. Our PM talks of "thuggery." Black Lives Matter is a UK issue, too
Zainab Asunramu / June 11, 2020
Priti Patel’s assertion that “police brutality in the United States is no excuse for the violence against our brave police officers at home” is laughable considering police brutality against...
There is a long history of African-American struggles inspiring black Britons but this moment feels new