Bit of chat on long-read interview on Scotland's chattel slavery legacy, 

There're, still, too many Scots who think Scotland has no history in Slavery.
I have come across some who increasingly limit the scope of Scot to state "we didn't do that" or "we didn't benefit from it".

It will take work and a generation of teaching, I think, to get enough realisation on the impacts to finally get Scotland to acknowledge this horrid past.

Bit of chat on long-read interview on Scotland's chattel slavery legacy, 

I spoke recently* on the current impact of Gael colonisation and it is something that is not discussed enough by the Gaelic community, especially in Scotland where Nova Scotia is viewed with rose-tinted lenses and a "well we fled, sooooo".

The impact from Scotland is much much wider, covering more of the Americas than I think we can realise.

*mastodon.scot/@athairbirb/1082

Bit of chat on long-read interview on Scotland's chattel slavery legacy, 

My benefit from this is pretty grim;
Primary school funded by slavers, had children born in Guyana sent to it to learn Gaelic and its culture.
Secondary school built and funded by slavery and slavery linked businesses.
Uni/college, its HQ was built with slavers money.

In some respect, UHI is doing a lot of work to check its past and rectify what it views it can. I don't know about the other schools.

Bit of chat on long-read interview on Scotland's chattel slavery legacy, 

I fear there's an attempt, from some, to use some absolutism and to trace every penny to try and wiggle out of benefiting today from it.

The more one looks, though, the more you find it benefitted such a vast number of people in related businesses and, clearly, into local economies and wider economies it is impossible to claim no benefit now.

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Anyway, losing my thread so shall stop 😁

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@athairbirb I'm currently reading Black and British, and I highly recommend that book to any people living in Britain wanting to learn more about the actual history.

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@maloki by Olusoga? That'll b a fab book!

I am familiar with his shows and some of his talks/chats.

I'll check the library for that one soon 😁
Does it cover much in the way of Scotland's role?

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@athairbirb I believe it's mentioned I'm not very far in yet.

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@maloki ah grand, no worries 😀 will look to get the book

Bit of chat on long-read interview on Scotland's chattel slavery legacy, 

@athairbirb it's very much the same in ireland - it's a slightly different relationship than scotland obviously but the connections from anglo-irish agency in the empire to now, and our readiness to jump at the first chance of joining the white european elite are things that we'd very much rather not talk about

Bit of chat on long-read interview on Scotland's chattel slavery legacy, 

@kiki oh for sure, it's the difficult history neither wishes to revisit but needs to

Bit of chat on long-read interview on Scotland's chattel slavery legacy, 

@athairbirb There's nothing good to say about slavery, particularly as originating from the #TransatlanticSlaveTrade. It was a truly vile system, condemned by wise people even at the time. It is also true that the sugar business was very profitable, so many people and institutions invested in it, despite the evil.

Colonialism, as practised in North America, is more complicated. Let us consider #NovaScotia .

Bit of chat on long-read interview on Scotland's chattel slavery legacy, 

@athairbirb (Actually, I'll need to pursue this conversation later. Other duties...)

Bit of chat on long-read interview on Scotland's chattel slavery legacy, 

@athairbirb I'll try to get to this tomorrow. Long day.

Bit of chat on long-read interview on Scotland's chattel slavery legacy, 

@mpjgregoire no worries, take your time. Hope your days are quieter =)

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