Rachel Boyle is head of interdisciplinary studies at the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University, and researches racism and ethnicity
Teaching nothing very much in the education department of the Leeds Mechanics Institute. It’s the equivalent of Wilt and his Meat Two classes but for the trainee primary school teachers who got in with a double E at A level.
However, racism would not end with abolition: it was far too valuable. Racism became the handmaiden to the empire. The mythology of race, and white superiority, would become a major ingredient in the establishment of British imperialism.
Well, no, not really. It wasn’t in fact about race as it is understood today – black, skin colour, that sort of thing. The English were convinced they were superior to everyone else of every skin colour. In fact, you wouldn’t have to dig that deep to find those insistent that the Hindoo or other Darkie was superior to a Frenchie. And obviously so of a Dago.