Two facts, one fun and one more thoughtful:

Fun fact: Your countryman Gerald Portal, Britain's consul in Zanzibar, called the Ethiopians "savage and untrustworthy" but also praised their courage and national pride. He also presciently commented that Italy was making a serious mistake in underestimating "a gallant enemy because his skin happens to be chocolate or brown or black, and because his men have not gone through orthodox courses of field-firing, batallion drill or autumn maneuvers..."

Thoughtful fact: White historical figures apparently aren't the only ones whose legacies are being disputed these days. We in the West have probably heard about the criticisms of Gandhi and statues dedicated to him, but there are the same conflicts in Ethiopia today about Menelik II. Some people hail him as an anti-imperialist hero and Pan-African icon, while others deplore what they describe as his actions against their own ethnocultural group:

Do the subjects of the topics someone writes about also impact their success on Medium? The things I write about probably aren't all that "sexy" in that they're not big popular subjects. I'd never write about the "Free Britney" movement, anything to do with Star Wars or even that much about cancel culture (although some of my comments have indicated my problems with it) but the subjects I do write about are very important to me and I'm trying to do right by the causes and groups that I care about.

Handpainted Indigenous drum at a Truth and Reconciliation Commission event, June 5, 2015. (Susan G. Enberg/Shutterstock)

The horrific discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children buried in unmarked graves at a former residential school in Kamloops shocked many Canadians and forced them to take a long, hard look at our country’s history.

In St. Albert, there’s a push to rename schools originally named for the…

Jared Milne

Passionately devoted to Canadian unity. Fascinated by Canadian politics and history. Striving to understand the mysteries of Canada.

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