The third chapter connects rapidity, depth, and altitude to inequality and oppression. It questions how the notion of speed, which is a rate, lost its sense of slowness and became synonymous with fastness. It advocates for an understanding of speed that is culturally and historically informed. Aviation literally turned speed up at a time when access to technological advancements in the maritime world was generating new hopes for Pan Africanism. A temporal and spatial revolution, speed-up established new racial hierarchies. In Britain, government officials and airline executives were drawn to the advantages of direct straight-line travel. They planned to use commercial air power to fashion faster transportation flows between certain parts of the empire. Consequently, some people and places were selected to speed-up, which meant others were made to slow-down. The shift from land- and sea- to air-based movement radically altered the terrains of empire, giving rise to a new dimension and direction of structural inequality.
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