Writings of the general word's body

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Sorry is the hardest word

You always kind of knew that if a major public figure in Britain would do it, it might be someone like Ken Livingstone. "It was the racial murder of not just those who were transported but generations of enslaved African men, women and children. To justify this murder and torture black people had to be declared not human. We live with the consequences today." And Ken wept.
If you read certain major newspapers the next day you'd have never known it happened, because they completely ignored it. But no matter. Reassuring, to know that man can think upon slavery and weep, regardless of race, creed or colour.

1 comment:

CD said...

Obviously slavery was a Very Bad Thing and I suppose it is useful to acknowledge this publicly from time to time- but I can't escape how theatrical and pointless this all seems. An "apology" from someone not directly responsible for slavery made to people not directly harmed by it. How very empty.