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England Taxed Black Brits for Their Freedom

The government gave reparations to slave owners, and modern citizens paid off the debt

When Nadine Drummond pitched this story to me I was aghast: Black Brits were taxed — as recently as a few years ago — to pay off the costs of their ancestors’ freedom? What?!



Momentum is a blog that captures and reflects the moment we find ourselves in, one where rampant anti-Black racism is leading to violence, trauma, protest, reflection, sorrow, and more. Momentum doesn’t look away when the news cycle shifts.

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Adrienne Gibbs

Director, Creator Growth @Medium. Editor of ZORA and MOMENTUM. Writer. Mother. Proud recipient of an official Beyoncé shout out.