Should the UK apologise?
Read more of the reactions to our Have Your Say question: Should Britain apologise for its involvement in the slave trade?
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING:
No apology is necessary to anybody! I know what the British did in the pass was wrong. They were a big part of slave trade. The British economy was built by the lives of slaves. But look at the other side of it. What if the British did not take our forefathers and mothers, to the Caribbean? We might still be in Africa or India? We might not have had we have now in the Caribbean: a good life, way better than Africa or India. So let forget, forgive and move on.
An apology will certainly be quite nice coming from Britain after all these years following the abolition of that brutal slave era.
Correct! They do owe us a lot more than an apology. We are owed repatriation, culture, roots & the wealth that was stolen from us.
If he is so sorry for the heart ache this is what he can do for us here in the Caribbean: we have been mentally set back because of their oppression so they could fund education so that no more children have to drop out of school because there parents can't afford the school fee. That would be a good start if he is so sorry.
Even in this day & age, black people are still treated as 2nd class citizens. It will never change....
The destruction of the lives of Africans and the lives of their descendants will forever remain the ultimate sin that seals the British fate as an evil empire. Black people in the Caribbean should demand to be compensated for such a despicable act committed against their ancestors. Britain owes us.
Please, remember slavery was the world investment based on profits to all those involved, nations, businesses, institutions, merchants, traders, families and individuals. The Africans provided all the wealth to all those who were participators. The world owes us, the descendants of a people reduced to be slaves against their will.
Absolutely not! Why should Britain apologise for something that her forefathers have done? The Caribbean gains nothing, and Britain only stands to lose by opening old wounds. I say let it be and work so that nothing of its magnitude happens again.
I think people should just let the past stay in the past. How far back should we go? Does the Jewish nation still cry out at the Romans? Let’s assume that a monetary compensation (far fetched idea) will be handed out. How much will they give to the mixed African/White, African/Indian, Indian/White etc. How much does my Chinese side get??? It will be a can of worms. If Britain pays, the money will come from the tax payers, are there any folks there we know?
The UK is responsible for almost all Third World slavery.
The apology must be followed by actions that signify just how deep his sorrow lies. We are talking about one of the greatest crimes against humanity the world has ever witnessed and until significant actions or taken to rectify the grave wrongs done to my people by the so called civilized, the holocaust indeed continues.
An apology is required although it has no meaning without penitence.
Present governments should not be held liable for reparations of an act that occurred 200 years ago anymore than our grandchildren should be held accountable for the atrocities of World War II. An apology should suffice.
APOLOGY? SLAVERY DAZE (a poem)
Some say it’s a trade, but it turned out to be
Large scale abduction of people…for free
An African ‘swap’ for guns and cheap wares in
Vessels from Benin for too many years…
England now issues an apology
Rather too late now, to say you’re sorry…
Yet I’m still watching and waiting to see…
Discourse from ‘tribesmen’ who look just like me
About your involvement in brutality…
Zonal entrapment in a cave and abyss…
Enhancing divisions and actions remiss…
Absolutely, and so what if descendants of slaves seek compensation, they should be able to. Britain's wealth and current economic status was built on the backs of slaves, both directly and indirectly and as such it (Britain) has a moral responsibility to own up to its part in slavery.
Yes I personally believe that Britain does owe us the African descendants something other than an apology. Like, for example, citizenship. It would make perfect sense.
I am now 51 years old. Well adjusted, I guess, having lived in the UK for a number of years.
As a Caribbean national of African descent, there is no question in my mind that an unequivocal apology is the least that is due from the UK government for the role it played in the transatlantic slave trade. The approach of the British PM suggests that he is trivializing or simply doesn't understand the historical or continuing impact of slavery or the slave trade on generations of slaves and their descendants. While an apology can never be adequate to redress this crime against humanity, it is at least at start. Problem is that those that benefited from slavery (and their descendants like Tony Blair), perhaps are yet to see the victims of the slave trade as members of humanity.
An apology in words will suffice, but an apology in actions is preferred.
Britain should indeed apologize for her involvement in the slave trade. The British economy was built by the lives of my forefathers and mothers. They have ravished the African continent of its resources and people and should begin to allow reparations for the descendants of Africans.
No apology is necessary to anybody! England agreed to Emancipation which took effect in August 1834 and the slaves received certain benefits (in essence to reparations). Today English Caribbean nations have prospered whereby most are independent nations. England again granted the nations their Independence. So that apology could get rather complicated.
I think apologising is not enough. We deserve more than a simple apology.
The British made billions from over 400 years of slavery throughout their colonies. These slaves were treated worse than animals, beaten, tortured, raped and millions died in brutal living conditions. I am disgusted that Britain, America and the rest of Europe dismiss their profiteering and ugly history of slavery so easily. This was nothing less than a holocaust of African and Asian peoples … The racism inherent in the Establishment who profited from slavery is still there.
I think it (an apology) would be appropriate.
I have lived in Canada from St Lucia for the past 30 years. I do not want any money but an apology would help.
As the great-grandson of a slave, I think we have long past this inferiority complex. Apologies mean very little.
An apology should be sufficient. Africans in the Caribbean have today’s issues to deal with rather than dwelling in the past, for example running their own affairs and coping with modern societal issues; to which I may add that they are doing very well.
So what do you think? Should Britain unequivocally apologise for its involvement in the slave trade? Are the descendants of slaves owed more than an apology?