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Steve McQueen: my hidden shame

By Decca Aitkenhead Steve McQueen has known about slavery for as long as he can remember. To the son of West Indian parents, slavery’s history is the story of his very existence: “So there is a weight on your chest, … Continue reading

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12 Years a Slave and the roots of America’s shameful past

By Andrew Anthony Directed by the British artist and film-maker Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave has gained almost universal critical praise. In his review for the New Yorker, David Denby echoed the consensus opinion when he described it as … Continue reading

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It’s time to take the white savior out of slavery narratives

By Daniel Jose’ Older In December of 1836, black abolitionist David Ruggles boarded a Portuguese slave ship in the New York harbor, freed its captives and had the white captain arrested. Tensions still ran high in the city from two … Continue reading

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