PICTURE for a moment a grubby group of Arab-African itinerant penitents in sandals and hair-shirts as they make their forlorn way along the quaysides of Dar-el-Salem.
This public spectacle is to draw attention and register their shame at their country’s disgraceful history of slave trading several hundred years previously.
It is the stuff of fantasy and beyond parody or is it? This is exactly what happened in late August during Slave Remembrance Day in Absurdistan, otherwise known as the
Each remorseful penitent wrongly claims that much of the city’s wealth was founded on the slave trade; profits from an estimated 3 million Africans transported to
What was unlikely to be included was any reference to the fact that many of the ships involved in this trade were owned and financed by persons as far removed from the city’s burgers and populace as were the Africans themselves.
I doubt too if mention will be made that the slave trade could not have existed without those multi-national ships being wholly supplied, not by European brigands but by African tribal leaders, who raided neighbouring tribes, and still do, for the purpose of providing their human cargoes.
The late 18th Century was a period of British history, the conditions of which led to many of the country’s desperately poor being transported as slaves too. There will be no mention of them at all. I have been to Liverpool’s
It is not at all as it describes itself. It deals exclusively with slavery of a certain period, involving just one race, and affecting a very small part of the world. To ignore all but African slaves is repugnant racism.
It completely ignores the fact that statistically the Africans, mostly North Africans, catured and carried off more European slaves than were ever taken from Africa to be transported across the
There, they raided coastal villages and towns and habitually slaughtered and enslaved the inhabitants.
The coastal communities of Europe’s
Each of them is a silent witness; each a memorial to the hundreds of thousands of Europeans slaughtered and enslaved by
R.I.P Europe’s forgotten slaves and commonsense.
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