On Tuesday, the head of Britain’s Eton College said that he will invite a black former student to apologize in person for racism he experienced at the top fee-paying in the 1960s.
Dillibe Onyeama was removed out of the school after he wrote a book about the racist abuse he faced there. But, now Simon Henderson wants to welcome him to the school. “We have made significant strides since Mr Onyeama was at Eton but… we have to have the institutional and personal humility to acknowledge that we still have more to do,” Henderson said in a statement.
“We must all speak out and commit to doing better — permanently — and I am determined that we seize this moment as a catalyst for real and sustained change for the better.
“I will be inviting Mr Onyeama to meet so as to apologise to him in person, on behalf of the school, and to make clear that he will always be welcome at Eton.”
The move was taken by the school after protest occurs across Britain after the brutal murder of George Floyd by police in the United States. The demonstrations have focused renewed attention on racism in Britain, as well as the toxic legacy of its colonial past, including calls for it to be taught in schools.