The SEED community wanted to discuss historical situations that have changed the way different racial groups are viewed. Although a difficult read in terms of the topic, Colston Whitehead’s Underground Railroad novel has been a best seller since its debut in 2016. Now also an Amazon Prime series directed by Oscar winning director Barry Jenkins the story tells the story of Cora and Caesar, two slaves in the antebellum South during the 19th century, who make a bid for freedom from their Georgia plantation by following the Underground Railroad. The book is an absorbing read with uplifting hopeful moments. Here, members of the SEED community discuss their thoughts and feelings on the book and its deep roots and connections to injustices we see today.
Watch the review (14 minutes 48 seconds) and if you would like to take part in future discussions contact SEED at EDI@surrey.ac.uk we welcome allies to take part and engage.