Eyebrows were raised. What relevance does a US-based movement, motivated by police shootings and victimisation of black people on another continent, possibly have in a Scottish city that, apparently, prides itself on its own egalitarian self-worth?
Given that Buchanan Street is literally named after a ‘tobacco lord’ – Andrew Buchanan – who grew unimaginably wealthy off the back of a cash crop that was grown by black slaves, it should not be question we need to ask. Given that the family of Sheku Bayoh, a Sierra Leonean national who died in the custody of Police Scotland in Kirkcaldy last May, are still waiting for answers, it should not be a question we need to ask. Given that black people are far more likely to be stopped and searched by the police, it should not be a question we need to ask. Scotland, and the UK, need Black Lives Matter.