It is time to teach colonial history in British schools – commentary

The Most Revolutionary Act

Growing up in Britain, I knew nothing of the many crimes the British Empire had committed against my Iraqi ancestors.

Ruqaya Izzidienby Ruqaya Izzidien
Members of the Mesopotamia Commission at the 1921 Cairo Conference, including Gertrude Bell, T E Lawrence (fourth from the right, second row) and Winston Churchill (centre front row) [Getty]
Members of the Mesopotamia Commission at the 1921 Cairo Conference, including Gertrude Bell, T E Lawrence (fourth from the right, second row) and Winston Churchill (centre front row) [Getty]

If you grew up in Britain, like me, you probably would not be able to recall being taught anything substantial about British colonial history in school.

The British curriculum dedicates plenty of attention to the violence of others – in Nazi Germany or during the American Civil War – and goes into great detail on a few events in medieval and pre-Victorian English history, like the Plague, the Great Fire of London, and the reign of Henry VIII. But a British school would not teach you anything about the brutality of British colonialism.

We were told nothing of…

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  • Thompson  On September 3, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    The UK sides with the USA to exterminate the Iraqis into smithereens so how can anyone from the white world show any pity or remorse for the war crimes that they have caused to many countries for hundreds of years?

    Theresa May tried to force many Caribbean countries to adopt the white woman’s feminist values, which is a cloak for white imperialism because if locals aren’t able to have a say in the laws of their country, then why are foreigners forcing laws for their benefit?

    If I go to the GRA and ask them to change the tax rates for public servants, they will laugh at me, but how is it that Exxon can import the entire universe tax-free?

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