Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul
For Torontonian Andrew Lochhead, a petition he started to rename the city’s downtown Dundas Street is not about erasing or rewriting history. “We’re really shining a light on it,” said Lockhead, a multidisciplinary artist. Dundas Street was named after Henry Dundas, First Viscount Melville, and a friend of John Graves Simcoe, the first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada. Dundas was an 18th-century Scottish politician who, according to the British website The History of Parliament, was the champion of gradual abolition of the slave trade but opposed immediate abolition. As Lochhead’s petition notes, in the wake of protests around the globe over the death of George Floyd, Toronto should disavow its historic association with persons who have actively worked to preserve systems of racial inequality and exploitation.