British royals expert Hilary Fordwich left CNN anchor Don Lemon silent when she argued that African slave owners owe “reparations”, rather than the British Empire.
The clip, which gained viral attention on Tuesday, though it originally aired on CNN’s Don Lemon Tonight around a week ago, began with the host telling Fordwich that “you have those who are asking for reparations for colonialism, and they’re wondering, you know, ‘$100 billion, $24 billion here and there, $500 million there'”, Fox News reported.
“Some people want to be paid back and members of the public are wondering, ‘Why are we suffering when you are, you have all this vast wealth.’ Those are legitimate concerns,” Don Lemon said.
“Well I think you’re right about reparations in terms of — if people want it though, what they need to do is, you always need to go back to the beginning of the supply chain. Where was the beginning of the supply chain?” Fordwich asked.
“That was in Africa,” she pointed out. “Across the entire world, when slavery was taking place, which was the first nation in the world that abolished slavery?”
It was “the British,” Fordwich noted, adding, “In Great Britain they abolished slavery. 2,000 naval men died on the high seas trying to stop slavery. Why? Because the African kings were rounding up their own people. They had them [in] cages, waiting in the beaches. No one was running in Africa to get them.”
She added, “I think you’re totally right. If reparations need to be paid, we need to go right back to the beginning of that supply chain and say, ‘Who was rounding up their own people and having them handcuffed in cages? Absolutely, that’s where they should start.”
After her answer, Lemon nodded and said, “It’s an interesting discussion”.
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