“Slavery is not in the past”

The BBC has just published an excellent article called “Confronting my family’s slave-owning past”

As I grappled with the philosophical question of whether personally I owed anything, I sought the advice of Sir Hilary Beckles, the historian and vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies who is the chair of the Caricom Reparations Commission.

“Slavery is not in the past,” said Sir Hilary. “Our grandparents remember their great-grandparents who were slaves. Slavery is part of our domestic present. Slavery denies you access to your ancestry. It leaves you in this empty void.”

Indeed. Slavery is not only part of our domestic present, I regularly present it as fundamental to understanding the near future of AI and robotics.

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