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Jackson Wants UK Slavery Reparations

From those celebrants of the gorgeous mosaic at BBC NEWS:


Jackson calls for slavery apology

US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson has called on Britain to apologise and make reparations for its role in the slave trade.

During a visit to Bristol, the Rev Jackson, 65, said he was disappointed that British cities had not apologised.

Speaking at the Empire and Commonwealth Museum, the Rev Jackson said: “There must be some place to apologise for the wrong in a moral sense.”

Bristol has never formally apologised for its links to slavery.

In 1982, however, the former Bishop Of Clifton, Mervyn Alexander asked forgiveness for the human misery caused by the trade

“It does not surprise me but it disappoints me that there has been no apology,” said the Rev Jackson.

Operation Black Vote said the Economics of Colour event in the city had celebrated the “political dynamism” of the city’s black and minority ethnic communities.

More than 500 supporters rose to their feet as the Rev Jackson took to the stage.

Mr Jackson will also visit Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Bradford during his week-long tour.

It should go without saying that the Reverend Jackson has obviously never cracked a history book in his life.

Instead, he should be thanking Britain for leading the war against slavery around the world.

Meanwhile, Mr. Jackson’s distant cousins are still practicing slavery in parts of Africa to this day.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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