A NATIONAL museum dedicated to illuminating colonialism, imperialism and slavery while supporting the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement could be developed in Glasgow.

Calls for more racial equality, which would see the removal of statues and the amendment of street names associated with the slave trade across the city, will be discussed at a full council meeting later in the week.

On Thursday, a motion backing the BLM movement will be presented to councillors. It calls for the creation of a group to explore the feasibility of this museum.

SNP councillor Graham Campbell wants to ensure that teachers are fully equipped and confident in supporting learning at all levels while making recording and analysis of racist incidents in Scotland's schools mandatory.

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Mr Campbell is urging the local authority to acknowledge that it understands and shares the “deep concern and horror” that many feel about racism and racial injustice in the US and across the world as highlighted by the BLM campaign and others lobbying for justice.

His motion reads: “[The] council acknowledges the three central demands coming from those demonstrations were to tackle access to employment and opportunities by removing discriminatory barriers, take more serious action against racism and racial hate crime incidents in Glasgow schools and recognise the historic legacy of chattel slavery based on the exploitation of enslaved Africans.”

Mr Campbell believes this should be achieved by removing or amending street names and statues celebrating figures associated with slavery through the tobacco, sugar and cotton trades.

He also wants the local authority to note the successful interventions of its cross party BME Employment Working Group, in monitoring, evaluating and adjusting employment procedures and helping to double the BME Council family workforce from 1.6 per cent in 2017 to 3.3 per cent by 2019.

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Since 2017 the City Council has established a senior arts, music and diversity manager at Glasgow Life and an agent for change model to tackle racism and inequality. It has also created job fairs targeted at BME communities and set up a Glasgow black voluntary sector network.

Mr Campbell continues: “It is not enough to be against racism, and that there is a responsibility on us all to identify and dismantle barriers of structural racism that exist in our society and institutions - to be actively anti-racist.”

The motion if approved will see the creation of a feasibility study and a public consultation about the development of the museum.

The Scottish Government will also be informed.