‘I tell the truth about what’s unknown’: Moor Mother on revealing Britain’s ongoing slavery links

The American poet and musician’s new album The Great Bailout tracks the money given to British slaveowners – including David Cameron’s ancestors. She explains why she is pessimistic about getting true justice

‘The aftermath of enslavement just doesn’t wash away with bleach. It doesn’t wash away with new buildings. It doesn’t wash away with so-called diversity and representation.” The voice of poet and musician Camae Ayewa, known as Moor Mother, commands your whole attention even over a video call. Within minutes of connecting with her, it’s clear that when she speaks, she does so not to impress or to serenade, but to tell the truth. “In the last [interview] I did in the Guardian I said we have yet to deal with the repercussions of enslavement. Everyone got mad at me for saying it. How have we?”

That interview was back in 2017. Since then, the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests brought the discourse around systemic racism and colonialism to the forefront of public attention and so today, Ayewa’s ruminations – about our slowness to reckon with the effects of the slave trade – wouldn’t be deemed as “fringe” as they once were. However, her suspicions remain as strong today as they were seven years ago. “I don’t think [much] has changed. It’s still the same thing. Just dressed in different, more modern clothing,” she says. “Technology is advancing and more information is coming out, but we have [yet] to do the due diligence to put pressure on our governments and make a stand.”

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