Protests in U.K. Spark New Scrutiny of British Empire

The killing in police custody of George Floyd and subsequent protests in the U.K. have prompted an unexpected outcome in Britain: an impassioned debate about the British Empire. With many people feeling powerless about their future during the coronavirus pandemic, the past is now a subject of contention.

Unlike most other countries in Europe, Britain hasn’t undertaken any systematic reassessment of its past. There have been no revolutions, dictatorships or foreign occupations to prompt a wholesale dismantling of public monuments….

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