- PoliticsThe Independent
One week from today, Americans will mark the 155th anniversary of the day US Army General Gordon Grainger read to the people of Texas his General Order Number 3 to inform them that “in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free”.
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Boris Johnson said colonialism in Africa should never have ended and dismissed Britain’s role in slavery
Boris Johnson said colonialism in Africa should never have ended and downplayed Britain’s role in the slave trade, an article written by the prime minister while he was a Tory MP reveals.Critics are urging Mr Johnson to explain whether he still holds the views expounded in the 2002 piece, where he argued that Africans would not have grown the right crops for export without British direction.
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'St Albans has never seen anything like this': Britain rallies for Black Lives MatterAcross the regions people of all races, age and class are standing together to fight racism
Rochelle Humes has teamed up with Little Box of Books for an incredible cause and has received the full support of her celebrity friends, who have rushed to promote her partnership and donate to the cause.Taking to her Instagram, the mother-of-two announced: "I'm teaming up with to launch our incredibly exciting crowdfunder, changethestory.READ: Rochelle and Marvin Humes want their children to 'feel enough' and represented – watch their moving speech "We would love you guys to help us raise £55,000 to get 10,000 inclusive story books into primary schools all over the UK. 33% of our UK school children are of Black, Asian and minority ethnic origins, yet only 4% of children’s books published in 2018 had a BAME main character," she explained."We want to help more children see themselves in stories, it's something I've been passionate about for years, and is what instigated me to write my first children’s book with a black female lead, as I strongly believe you can't be what you can't see."She continued: "Stories are the window to the wider world and the more that children are exposed to different people from different backgrounds, the more accepting they will be as they grow."MORE: 17 best children's books to help teach kids about diversityRochelle and Marvin revealed last week that they want their children to 'feel enough' and representedIntroducing the small business to her nearly two million followers, Rochelle added: " is an amazing small business who sell boxes of storybooks to families and schools that are reflective of the population, helping children to recognise and realise their potential, helping them to grow up understanding difference with compassion and respect. Give them a follow to find out more about their work and please please donate whatever you can by clicking the link in my bio. Together we can ChangetheStory."By Saturday morning the project had received over £5,000 in donations and celebrity friends such as Amanda Holden, Emma Willis, Giovanna Fletcher, Stacey Solomon and Fearne Cotton had all taken to their Instagram stories to promote the incredible crowdfunder.
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Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer had a good week. It already feels as if they are the future and Boris Johnson is the past. In the old aphorism about parliamentary politics, Sunak is Johnson’s enemy, while Starmer is his opposition. Not that I mean Sunak is personally hostile to the prime minister; it is just that he is a more immediate threat to Johnson than Starmer is.Sunak’s good week consisted of his being photographed in John Lewis, helping to prepare it for socially distanced opening on Monday, and a Zoom meeting with Conservative MPs from which several of them came away gushing about how impressive he is. If the chancellor presents himself to a nation of shoppers as the guardian of never knowingly being undersold, he has direct access to the heart of Middle Britain.
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Tyson Fury has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to defend a statue of Winston Churchill amid Black Lives Matter marches in London.A statue of Churchill, who was prime minister in Britain between 1940 and 1945 and then again from 1951 to 1955, stands in Parliament Square, and scaffolding was filmed being put up around the monument on Thursday evening.