How Did The Great-Granddaughter of an Indian Slave Become The Staunchest Defender of White Supremacy In Britain?

Adebayo Adeniran
4 min readSep 28, 2023

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White supremacy is the most successful multi-national company of all time and its enduring success lies in its capacity for reinvention.

If its market capitalization were expressed in numerical terms, it would be worth hundreds of trillions of dollars; bigger than TESLA, Aramco, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft put together.

The enslavement of Africans kickstarted the process, several centuries ago and even when chattel slavery formally ended, new means were sought to ensure the continuity of vast profits into the coffers of nation-states and private capitalists.

And what this meant was the search for cheap labour across the colonies to fulfill this task.

And India was the preferred destination.

Hundreds of thousands of Indians were shipped out to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritius and South Africa to work on sugar, coffee and rubber plantations as well as building railways.

Ditto the West-Indies.

Indians from Calcutta were taken out Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and Jamaica and paid an absolute pittance to produce commodities.

The Indians who moved out to East Africa had to exist and function under harsh conditions which led to several taking their own lives.

They were to all intents and purposes, slaves.

The term coolie, which was originally used by British imperialists, later became a popular slur among Black West-Indians to describe Indian slaves.

Those Indians who survived indentured labour in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania were able to reinvent themselves to become tailors, civil servants and business men and built up considerable wealth in the process.

But tension between Asians and Black Africans was never far way as the former was intent on preserving its culture by any means necessary.

These tensions led to the expulsion of thousands of Asians in East Africa and since all of them had British passports, the United Kingdom was the only place for them to run to.



Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible