The UK has a new culture secretary in charge of the UK arts and culture department of the government and the big news is that he is from an immigrant family, whose father was a bus driver.
Coming back to the UK recently, one thing you notice is the ugliness of our past compared with our present. You see still in bits, in the institutions, the type of people that get to the top of society and the way the media crafts their messages, but in general, we can look back on the ugliness of our history, accept it for the shame it brings us, and look towards a better future.
What I am taking heart from - especially after noticing some of the things such as the growth of cultural events - is that the majority of people look back on the ugliness of the empire with full understanding of its bigotry. When we look at some of those things, its good that we feel shame and horror. Sometimes, we don`t even have to look very far to see them, but thankfully, we are now removed from their direct influence.
Prejudices that we once had never go totally away, but society moves on and we draw a line over them to show that they become shameful. They move out of common usage and moved to the worst fringes of society. History is on the side of progressives, as over time, the prejudices are proved wrong. There are some painful moments at times, such as the sexism / sexual discrimination issue of the moment, but in the end, we move on.
You now what helps that process? The fact that is the progressives in society who create the most, and creation trumps destruction, time and time again.