Podcast: Britain's Private Shame | Free Word

In a post-Brexit world, how should we treat the legacy of the British Empire?


BRITAIN’S PRIVATE SHAME took place at Free Word on Thursday 6 December 2018, as part of our This Is Private Season.


We partnered with race equality organisation Runnymede Trust for the final event in our first season, curating a debate that takes an uncensored look at Britain’s colonial past and the narratives that are used to construct legacies while eliminating certain histories.

Should the truth of these histories lead to shame, reflection and reparations or instil a sense of honorary pride and inspiration?

Our panellists included rapper and activist Lowkey, journalist and author David Goodhart, Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies Dr Gurminder Bhambra and journalist and commentator Remi Adekoya. It was chaired by writer and activist Zahra Dalilah.


You can watch a clip of the opening addresses then listen to a podcast recording of the full event below:


Lowkey’s Address


David Goodhart’s Address


Dr Gurminder Bhambra’s Address


Remi Adekoya’s Address


Listen to the full debate here:


Photos: Rowan Spray


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