Thomas Picton (1758-1815)

'Picton has been branded an "ogre" and a "villain", and he certainly was an enslaver and architect of a brutal colonial régime on Trinidad. Yet his condemnation must take note of the fact that singling out this one man for punishment and vilification enabled the Crown and British establishment to hide the systematic dehumanization, exploitation, violation and murder of enslaved people that fed the British Empire economy, and the systemic racism on which the British Empire was built.' -- Marion Löffler (2024)

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