British pub chain changes names in anti-racist terms


Last year, Greene apologized to King for connection to the slave trade. Now the names of four pubs are being changed.

British brewery Greene King has renamed four of its pubs because their original names may be perceived as racist.

It writes the BBC.

Three of the pubs were originally called The Black Boy, while a fourth was called The Black’s Head.

The origins of the names fade into the past, but according to Wayne Shurvinton, chief operating officer of Greene King, there is a perception that they are associated with racism.

– Therefore, we were aware that we had to take this step if we wanted to continue our journey towards truly becoming an anti-racist organization, he says.

The four pubs have been given new names, but it will take a while before the original signs are replaced.

There are thought to be around 70 pubs in the UK called The Black Boy, but a definitive explanation of where the name comes from does not exist.

Popular bids are that the name is a reference to the coal mining industry or King Charles II who was called Black Boy by his mother.

Another theory links the name to the figures of people from America’s indigenous people who were placed in front of bars to draw attention to the possibility of buying tobacco.

Following an online poll of more than 7,000 people, the four pubs have been renamed The West Gate, The Lady Elizabeth, The Shinfield Arms and The Quarryman, respectively.

This is not the first time that the pub chain has done away with the past. Last year, Greene apologized to King for his historic connection to the slave trade. It was founded in 1799 by Benjamin Greene, who earned fortunes on plantations.

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