Thursday, March 29, 2007

Excuse Me!

Last Sunday marked 200 years since the abolition of slavery by an act of the British Parliament.

To mark the event many writers around the globe suddenly remembered that they were black and that society; i.e. Western society owed them all sorts of reparations and apologies for the horrors of the slave trade, and of colonisation. More dangerously, they have sought to explain the troubles facing black families and black society as a whole as a legacy of slavery. The violence, the crime often internecine, the gangs, the ghetto culture all of it, is the curse of slavery.

Annette Keino on the history of slavery on the world's Black populace,: As a black person who works hard for everything that I have, who struggles every day against institutional racism and historic disadvantage, I believe I much better off not thinking that I am congenitally disadvantaged as well, thank you very much."