West Lothian Council to look at local legacy of slave trade

A working group is to be set up by the council to consider the legacy of the slave trade in West Lothian.

By Kevin Quinn
Thursday, 25th March 2021, 12:17 pm
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Council officers will work with the Race Forum and other key stakeholders in furthering this work over the coming months.

Council depute leader Kirsteen Sullivan, said: “It’s an important issue and the council is committed to further understanding the legacy of slavery, colonialism and its impact on our communities.

"The development of a working group will provide a mechanism to advise and collaborate on the issues of historical racial injustice, prejudice and discrimination and to provide an update on activity undertaken to date to support the raising of awareness of the legacy of the slave trade in West Lothian

In October, as part of the Black History Month celebrations the Race Forum and the Fair Justice System for Scotland Group (FJSS) held events with Sir Geoff Palmer speaking on the subject of slavery, colonialism and connection to the Black Lives Matter movement.