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William Wilberforce: Friend or Foe?

By Seth Daire

This week, Seth and JJ tackle a "god" in the field of human trafficking work--William Wilberforce himself. Why do we as a field focus on only certain kinds of historic abolitionists as models? Should modern anti-trafficking workers still call themselves abolitionists? What about leaders from affected populations--has a lack of focus on them really been the result of white supremacy? We try to tackle this tough subject with humor, yelling, and and a whole lot of 1800s court transcripts. Sources: William Wilberforce (1759 -1833): The Politician, The Abolition Project William Wilberforce and abolition, Revealing Histories Will the real William Wilberforce please stand up? (Part 2), Pambazuka News SLAVERY AND THE BIRTH OF WORKING-CLASS RACISM IN ENGLAND, 1814–1833, Cambridge University Press 5 Black Heroes of the Abolition Movement in Britain, Heritage Calling Photo: Statue of William Wilberforce, Hull, cc-by-sa/2.0 - © David Hillas

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