British and American Universities Come Face-to-Face with Their Racist Past


Over the past decade, British and American universities have been digging into their historical ties to slavery. Most have sought to ‘atone’ for their past through special programs and research projects. Discussions on institutional racism have intensified on campuses since protests began at the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 2015, when protesters contested a statue that commemorates colonial icon Cecil John Rhodes.  The #RhodesMustFall protests eventually turned into a mass movement, sweeping across South Africa and reaching Oriel College at the University of Oxford, and spreading to University of Cambridge, Georgetown University, Harvard University, and others.

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