Today is Anti-Slavery Day in the United Kingdom, a day that is not—as one might hope—a celebration of our victory over the scourge of oppressive servitude but a solemn reminder that slavery remains a close part even of the modern Western world.
How you might best oppose slavery will vary depending on where you live and what resources you have; there will be charities and organizations that can suggest much better than I.
But one thing that is universal is to accept it is our history: white owners are just as much a part of the story as black slaves; the person who buys the jeans is just as much a part of the story as the child forced to stitch them. We are not responsible for other people’s actions; but if we truly believe slavery is wrong, we must acknowledge that it is part of our story.
And now a poem: