Thursday, 28 February 2013

Uncomfortable History; Perhaps ...

Today, on the blog Archbishop Cranmer, is an excellent article discussing one of the issues from our British past, that is often cited by revisionists as a reason for denigrating everything "British." I refer, of course, to the slave trade. Brother Ivo points out that as early as William the Conqueror there were laws in Britain forbidding the purchase or sale of "Christians" as slaves. In 1569 a lawsuit resulted from a slave owner beating a man he'd 'imported' from Russia and the judge found against the owner.

I heartily recommend reading the article, Slaves to our Past, in full. It is, without doubt, one of the most balanced and well researched pieces I've read on this topic. Further, I concur entirely with his closing statement -

He [Lee Jasper] should publicly pay tribute to the men (British and African) of the Royal Navy West Africa Squadron which did the dirty work and suppressed the slave-trade. Perhaps Mr Jasper might consider seeking a posthumous Nobel Peace Prize for these truly forgotten heroes, or even establishing a fund and inviting the families on the compensation list to contribute a little for a suitable memorial. We have an empty plinth in Trafalgar Square.

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