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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

Racial privilege: can White Debt ever be repaid?

Racial privilege: can White Debt ever be repaid?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

This is a digital-only ThinkIn.

The myth often taught in schools is that Britain’s role in slavery was as the abolisher, but the reality is much more sinister. ​​Why are people still reluctant to engage in any meaningful way with the British legacy of slavery? When the award-winning author Thomas Harding discovered that his mother’s family had made money from the slave plantations worked by people of African descent, what began as an interrogation into the choices of his ancestors soon became a quest to learn more about Britain’s role in slavery. Is the national amnesia that masks the role of the British in this devastating period finally lifting? Join us for a provocative Thinkin where we’ll explore how future generations of those who benefitted from slavery need to acknowledge and take responsibility for the white debt.

editor and invited experts

James Harding
Co-founder and Editor

Cleo Lake
Former Lord Mayor of Bristol

Professor Robert Beckford
Academic and theologian. Professor of Climate and Social Justice, University of Winchester

Thomas Harding
Award winning author and journalist. Author of White Debt