Oxford Union accused of racism for sale of ‘colonial comeback’ cocktail

May 30, 2015 by

Oxford University's oldest debating society has been accused of racism, after flyers were found in its bar advertising colonial-themed cocktails.

The Oxford Union debating society has been accused of racism by students after it named a drink the ‘colonial comeback cocktail’ at an event

Students have accused the Oxford Union of racism after it sold a cocktail named the “colonial comeback” at a debate about the British Empire.

Posters for the drink, posted at the union, included an image of black hands in chains, alongside the drink’s price and ingredients.

The debating society was hosting an event called “this house believes Britain owes reparations to her former colonies”, which was set to debate how British politicians should address colonialism. Speakers included former Conservative MP Sir Richard Ottaway, Indian politician Dr Shashi Tharoor and British historian professor John Mackenzie.

Source: Oxford Union accused of racism for sale of ‘colonial comeback’ cocktail | Education | The Guardian

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