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University rebukes claims of racism by Scotland’s first black professor 

Scotland’s first black professor, Sir Geoff Palmer, recently accused two University of Edinburgh academics of racism amidst Edinburgh’s slavery review.  The claims came after academic Jonathan Hearn published an article in The Spectator claiming that Edinburgh’s slavery review was “strangely superficial”.  The slavery review was established by the City of Edinburgh council in November 2020 […]

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Addressing the Legacy of Slavery and Empire at National Trust of Scotland

As the largest conservation charity in Scotland, with around 130 properties under their management, the National Trust Scotland (NTS) has both the resources and responsibility to educate the public about their properties’ colonial past. So how do they plan to do this? On October 14th, 2021, The National Trust of Scotland (NTS) held a lecture […]

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Edinburgh professor secures memory of daring escape from slavery

A professor at the University of Edinburgh has successfully secured a ‘blue plaque’ in memory of two escaped slaves and abolitionist campaigners. An English Heritage London blue plaque will now mark the address that Ellen and William Craft lived at in Hammersmith after a daring escape from enslavement. The plaque was proposed by Dr Hannah-Rose […]

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When it comes to slavery, 40 George Square should worry us more than DHT

In the weeks since taking action to rename David Hume Tower, the University of Edinburgh has become an international laughing stock. News articles and opinion pieces from around the world have weighed in on the decision to rebrand the building as 40 George Square, almost unanimously to decry the call as ludicrous and poorly thought […]

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‘Slavery was hard and so is this’: PureGym misses the mark

October’s here, meaning bronzed leaves abound and early dusks now fill the sky. Halloween isn’t the only celebration that is beholding the nation, as Black History Month captures the heart of many after a tumultuous year of protest and comradery. Amongst those getting a head start on the festivities is Sainsbury’s, who recently vocalised their […]

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The University of Edinburgh should not pay reparations for slavery

Earlier this month, The Student was sent an open letter addressed to the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art. We could not fulfil their request to print the letter in its entirety, but it is a document that requires discussion.  The signatories made three demands of the university ‘at a minimum [their patronising […]

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Edinburgh’s historical association with the transatlantic slave trade

The history of Scotland’s capital is mostly rich, varied and deeply enthralling, yet unfortunately, when it comes to its association with slavery, Edinburgh possesses a still visible, disturbing legacy. As a nation, there is a sense of collective amnesia surrounding Scotland’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade. It is time we acknowledge our collective responsibility […]

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Should the David Hume Tower be levelled?

Content warning: description of historic racist views  David Hume. You may have heard of him. Apparently, he has a tower somewhere on campus — a couple lecture theatres too. Deservedly so, so decree the academics. Hume is considered one of, if not the most influential British philosopher of the Enlightenment, positing theories of empirical excitement […]