A Parent’s Response
I felt incredibly moved to see slaver’s statues toppled but I know this is not enough. The emotions it has churned up has made a lot of white folk, like myself, look at how we can educate ourselves and our children on black history to understand systemic racism, become actively anti-racist and help dismantle unjust structures . It was to this end that I scoured the internet to find educational resources on slavery and colonialism to send to my son’s teacher in request that they be used in their online learning. I am happy to say that this was taken on willingly by the school and I thought it might be useful to some of you as well.
Educating our Kids
Educational resources and teaching must of course be age appropriate and as you know your own child you will know what is suitable for them. It is not an easy or light subject to tackle, but it is time now to be honest about Britain’s brutal history and acknowledge how this past has benefited and repressed different groups of people.
Below are links from various sources, most of which are suitable for Key Stage 2 (Primary aged children). https://www.blackhistory4schools.com/slavetrade/
A guide to colonial history of country houses guide
Colonial history of country houses resources
A modern problem
My personal opinion on talking about these issues with children is that it’s important to make it clear that although this is ‘history’, racial prejudice and brutality are still happening now. From a fashion perspective too slavery has not ended and ‘fast’ fashion is only possible by the enslavement and subjugation of black and brown people. You can refer to some of my previous blog posts on this subject area below:
This is why we make ethically in Britain, so you can trust that no slave or child labour has been used to make our products.
The boy wonder and I stand in solidarity with all BAME communities to say that ‘black lives matter’ and we will work together towards a more just and more equal world.
Please see our equality and diversity policy here.