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To: The Scottish government

Change Slavers Street names in Scotland starting with Dundas Street.

Change Slavers Street names in Scotland starting with Dundas Street.

Start a program changing street names in Scotland dedicated to known slavers stating with Dundas Street in Edinburgh.

Why is this important?

Some street names glorify the people who profited from slavery. These same people were paid to give up their slaves and made a vast profit from this vile industry. Henry Dundas who was a powerful politician in the 1790s who delayed the abolition of the slave trade by fifteen years. His family were slave owners. In the fifteen year delay, some 63000 slaves were not given their freedom. Also, there should be a review of all streets in Scotland bearing the names of known slavers. Change the name so that we do not to glorify the name of any known slaver. Any statue plaques should have a modern interpretation and a full history detailed to educate the public.

Scotland, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • I do not believe racist men from a different era should not have their names printed in our modern city. The road signs could be taken down and put up in a museum to tell the history of why they were named, but they do not need to be our streets today.
  • It would not be acceptable to have a street named after a nazi or somebody who has committed war crimes so why should it be acceptable for them to be named after people who have done things that are on par with the nazis and war criminals?
  • The Dundas family. Members of the family, developed the Heroin trade via the East India company - forcing farmers to grow Heroin instead of food crops. They funded the war against the jacobites, they stole money from the UK government, traded slaves and tried to stop the abolition of slavery. We should set up a protest on the Dundas and reclaim it for the public. The family still have a global investment company which trades in arms, drugs and other long term gains. The Hopes were just as bad.

Updates

2020-06-09 09:45:37 +0100

500 signatures reached

2020-06-08 13:48:04 +0100

100 signatures reached

2020-06-08 11:39:23 +0100

50 signatures reached

2020-06-08 07:53:43 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-06-07 23:08:44 +0100

10 signatures reached