I would like to share an extract from a book by Akala, a British rapper, author, and activist, who examines different perspectives on history.
This extract discusses British policies towards slave trading in the context of the era of empire, and how genocide was viewed as being preferable to the emancipation of slaves.
I was particularly struck by the last few lines in this talk, which said something like:
It is easy to try to hold the Japanese or Germans accountable for attempted genocide, but why is it so difficult to see our own, when we look in the mirror? I feel this is a refreshing concept and helps us to remember that mankind is fallible and anyone can be guilty of discrimination and treating others unfairly. It is a sobering reminder of what humans are capable of and, in my opinion, should be introduced in school curricula, to make people aware of the wrongs of the past.
You can access the recording here, through BBC Sounds: