No matter how many times you see it, it’s still something to behold when Akala opens his mouth and lets the knowledge flow – whether that be over a beat or in an interview.
His recent talks with Vlad TV have been no different, and the latest sees him discussing the UK’s role in the slave trade.
While slaves may never have been owned in Britain to the extent that they were in America and other countries, Britain’s role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade was that of the supplier, providing African men, women and children to British, French and Spanish colonies.
Akala goes on to explain the different realities of African Americans and black people in the UK, and the reasons for that.
“There’s no doubt that the experience of black folk in America is far worse… We got some of it but there were not public lynchings in the UK in the 50s and 60s. I don’t want to play it down and say it’s not a huge problem – it is – but I also want to be respectful too. The police are not pulling drive-bys on 12-year-old children in the UK.
“There is police brutality, people are getting killed, but to make an apples for apples comparison with the black American situation, because we can relate to it, would be a bit disrespectful and a bit of an exaggeration.”
Watch the full interview above.