As citizens of countries around the world call for a ruling on racial justice and equality, Apple renamed its Apple store Buchanan Street in Scotland on Friday in a title unrelated to the prominent local slave owner.
The name change was formalized on the Apple website, which now lists the store as Apple Glasgow.
Although Apple has not commented on the matter, it is believed that the ongoing protests prompted the change from Apple Buchanan Street to less descriptive Apple Glasgow.
Spurred on by the murder of George Floyd in the United States, British protesters responded to their calls for racial equality on the street. Like many parts of Europe, Glasgow is not spared from the past wrongs committed by slave owners, traders and others whose actions were more than tinged with racism.
Buchanan Street is named after prominent businessman Andrew Buchanan, who owned and operated tobacco plantations in the United States. The avenue, which is now a popular shopping destination, was built after his death on a land belonging to the family.
By changing the name of its store, Apple seems to side with the demonstrators of the region who seek to change various street names associated with slave owners or extremist personalities.
The move comes a day after Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a $ 100 million initiative for racial equity and justice, led by Lisa Jackson, vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives of society. Cook, in a video posted on Twitter, addressed the troubles seen across the country, and now the world, after Floyd’s death at the hands of the police last month, claiming that Apple will be forced into the fight for good for racial equity and justice.
Apple Glasgow remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The store may reopen soon, as Apple plans to open the doors of 32 outlets in the UK on June 15.