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The statue of slave trader Edward Colston, who oversaw the enslavement of 84,000 African men, women and children, sits underwater in Bristol harbour. The statue of King Leopold II, whose colonial reign saw millions of people murdered in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been removed by authorities in Antwerp. The streets of American and British cities remain full of protestors. Democrats in the US Congress have authored a bill that would make it easier to discipline and punish racist police officers. And George Floyd, the African American man murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, was buried this week.
So what now? Will the global antiracism protests that spread after Floyd’s killing peter out – or is this moment different? Will there be lasting change – and if so, what will that look like? And what about past wrongs: How should governments deal with the legacy of slavery, institutionalised racism and discrimination? How should society educate citizens about forgotten histories?
To discuss these issues – rooted equally in the past, present and future – Intelligence Squared brings together the prominent historian David Olusoga, Labour MP Dawn Butler, and Susan Neiman, American moral philosopher and author of Learning from the Germans: Confronting Race and the Memory of Evil.
Join the conversation in our live online event and ask your questions to our speakers on Thursday 11 June at 6pm BST.
Speakers are subject to change.