I'm all slaved out

Tags: britain, history,

Added: 2007-03-26T19:48

I'm all slaved out

I'm all slaved out.
There's so much about it recently on the media.
Plays on Radio 4, documentaries, drama, etc.
Quite frankly, it's getting boring now.
In case you don't know, it's the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the UK.

OK. It was terrible. It was awful.
But it wasn't me. I didn't do it. And neither did my family, as far as I know.

I'm always sorry that anyone does anything bad to anyone else. There's an awful lot of bad things done by people to other people.
But I can't apologise for it, as it wasn't anything to do with me.

And to ask me to apologise for it, just because I'm white is almost as bad as saying "all white people were slavers".
I don't deny that I've probably benefited from the trade indirectly. It made Britain a wealthy country.

I can't understand how people hold grudges this long? I don't hold grudges against Argentina for the Falklands war, or Germany, or Japan, or Spain, or France, or the Scots, or the Romans, or the Vikings. Or any of the innumerable peoples that Britain/England has fought in the past.

We were all less enlightened in the past. Let's not dwell on the bad stuff - let's not forget what happened, but let's just judge people on how they treat us now, not on how their ancestors might have treated our ancestors generations ago.

posted by Calum on 2007-03-26T19:48 under

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