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Creating a more equal society to make black lives matter

27 Aug

The summer of 2020 saw the spread of two pandemics.   The first, was that of Covid-19 that originated in a marketplace in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.  By 20 August 2020, there had been over 22 million cases worldwide and nearly 800,000 deaths.

The second pandemic began outside a shop in Minneapolis on 25 May when footage of an arrest showing a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, an African American, while he was pinned to the floor.  Floyd said more than 20 times: “I can’t breathe!” while being restrained by Chauvin.   Chauvin’s three white colleagues stood by and watched.  Floyd was suffocated to death.

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Lessons of History: circa Dr Martin Luther King and Enoch Powell

20 Apr

One of the reasons why we teach young people history in our schools and academies is so that they can learn from the past – good behaviours and bad, triumphs and disasters.   If we don’t learn from the successes, we will be hard pushed to replicate them in the future and if we fail to learn from the failures, we will be bound to repeat them.

In April 2018 we marked the Golden Jubilee of two events – one tragic and the other – well, what I shall I say – diabolical?

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