*On the BBC program “The Big Questions,” where host Nicky Campbell presents topics of discussion around faith and ethics, a black woman had to set one Caucasian Englishman straight after his view on slavery turned all kinds of sideways and he stated, “We are ALL descendants of slaves.”
…which was followed by an awkward apprehensive applause by some whites in the audience and possibly one black Englishwoman, who also spoke. But honestly, should have remained quiet.
Slavery was ugly. Nasty. Inhuman and horrible. Of course no human would want to be reminded that such an act could happen. Not to mention at the hands of their ancestors. BUT IT DID. And any attempts to redefine, redress, or falsify it just makes the presenter look like an absolute fool.
Which is why I find it nothing less than amazing how some Caucasians keep trying to make it look like something different than what it actually was, just because they are uncomfortable with the truth. I mean, obviously their ancestors, the one’s who designed it and carried slavery out, DIDN’T THINK THIS SHIT THROUGH. What did they expect to happen in the future? Where did they expect this story to go?
I wish someone would answer me this [sic].
In the video, I found it particularly interesting when the black woman, who thinks we should just “move on” states she is a “realist” when conversing with the other black woman; as if to imply she is not.
But this is how it all started.
Campbell is speaking with an African woman, who he only identifies with the term “successful academic” in the audience at the beginning of the video (scroll down to see) who says she has had to battle racism. The host then turns to a man in the audience named Daniel Hannan, an Englishman, and states, “One of the things that is of course, most egregious about this, many argue, is that the slavers at the time of abolition in 1836 I think, were paid enormous amounts of money, huge amounts paid to the slave owners, equivalent to at least $16 billion pounds today so, why shouldn’t the people who are still suffering have reparations?”
Hannan is the author of a book entitled, “How We Invented Freedom,” and I dare say, if his book is built on the fantasy of his perspective, as shown in his response, it should be quite entertaining.
Here is that response to Campbell’s question about reparations.
“Because I am descendant from slaves. And you are descendant from slaves. And everybody here is, and everybody watching at home is.”
And yes. He said this with a straight face.
Hannan continues, “Slavery was universal. Also, we’re all descendant from slave owners. Human history being what it is, it could hardly be otherwise. Slavery was practiced in China, in India, in Arabia, in Africa; by the Aztecs, by the Mayans, by the Inca’s, by the Pacific Islanders,” he goes on and on.
Finally, he gets to the direct answer.
“And therefore, if you’re looking at paying reparations, any one who you choose to pay is statistically certain to be descended from the owners and the owned.”
He was on a roll.
“There were three thousand black slave owners on the west on the eve of the civil war…” Blah. Blah. Blah.
He ends with, “We are all in this together…It is therefore very difficult now to look at a population — I’m not talking about continuing slavery — which is a huge issue and where we could be doing a great deal. If you’re looking at past slavery, its just a question of how far back you want to go, and we’re all slaves,” he concludes.
Sparse applause from some in the audience.
But all during his fantastical diatribe, the camera has been panning by a gorgeously regal looking black woman (directly below) with beads in her up-swept do, who is calmly taking what he is saying in.
She speaks after being acknowledge by the host. I am assuming that she is African. Her calm demeanor and confident articulation can’t be ignored as she states:
“We are not all descendants of enslaved peoples and en slavers. I think that, that is really falsifying history and it is actually minimizing the seriousness of what we are talking about,” she states, continuing, “Chattel enslavement as happened to African peoples and people of African descent is different and is unparalleled in human history. And that’s the starting point for this conversation.”
Side bar: I WANT HER FOR MY NEXT PRESIDENT!
All during her eloquence, Mr. “We are all slaves” looks to be stunned into somewhat of a trace-like state.
“Its very cheap to say well, we’ve all been enslaved because right now I don’t have the same life chances and life experiences of many people who might be sitting in this audience. I feel we need to understand this history. I’m not saying we haven’t all been impacted, but just to say we’ve all been impacted the same is not the starting point,” she concludes to a scattering of applause.
If she had been at one of the community meetings in LA’s Leimert Park or another black community in the states, she would surely have gotten a standing ovation. But then again, the white boy would not have even been there to say that dumb shit…unless he was with a security guard.
I will now direct you to the video, where you will have to hear for yourself, the OTHER African woman (I presume), who identifies herself as, “Devil’s Advocate.” It is she that I referenced earlier when I said she should have remained quiet.
Here’s the video. PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW!
If you like these topics, subscribe to Black Then here.