Civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson has today weighed into the UK’s debate on race, by saying that Britain is the ‘mother of racism’.
The influential American, 79, said Britain must face up to its role in slavery, as he flatly rejected the findings of the recent report into race and racism in the UK.
Fine, we can do that.
A British court ended slavery in Great Britain in 1772. An Act of Parliament outlawed the purchasing of slaves from Africa in 1807. In 1833 an Act of Parliament abolished slavery in the British Empire, the best thing that ever happened to an undeserving world. Thereafter a great chunk of the Royal Navy was devoted to ending slavery and slavers.
Our record is pretty good and vastly better than that of most African and Islamic states. Many of them practicsed slavery for many centuries. Some continue to do so.
Over to you Jackson, and you’re welcome.