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Fri Jul 31, 2020, 07:22 AM

From Al Jazeera: The BBC's latest attempt to play down the UK's role in slavery (...)

Why did the BBC publish an article glorifying a 19th-Century Nigerian slave trader amid global BLM protests? by Tafi Mhakaby

"In July 2018, Nigerian journalist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani wrote an honest, captivating and illuminating article about how her late great-grandfather's life as a 19th-century slave trader shaped her life.

In the expansive essay published by the New Yorker, Nwaubani told intriguing tales about family, Igbo traditions, slavery and colonialism. She explained how her great-grandfather, Nwaubani Ogogo Oriaku, gained wealth and influence during the transatlantic slave trade era by selling other Africans and helping missionaries establish Christianity in Nigeria."

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"On July 19, just seven weeks after George Floyd's police killing in Minnesota sparked a global movement for racial justice, Nwaubani chose to tell her great-grandfather's story once again, this time to the BBC. The new article, titled "My great-grandfather sold slaves", has a brand new editorial slant and does not once mention her family's efforts to reckon with the slaveholder's legacy.

This time, the Nigerian journalist describes his grandfather not as someone who "gained power and wealth by selling other Africans across the Atlantic", but merely as "a businessman" who lived in a time when "the fittest survived and the bravest excelled"."

much more at link:
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/bbc-latest-attempt-play-uk-role-slavery-200730095612890.html

Interesting perspective...

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 07:31 AM

1. Amazing Grace..

The story about William Wilberforce, the 18th Century MP, who championed abolition of slavery in the British Empire. He made this his life's work. Finally achieved in the 1820's.

I saw his Memorial at Westminster Abbey 5 years ago. He is buried next to his best friend, Prime Minister William Pitt. The famous poem written by former slave Trader Captain John Newton.

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 07:58 AM

2. Is Al Jazeera doing anything to shine a light on Arab role in slavery?

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 09:48 AM

4. Shhhh!!!


That slavery is different....somehow...

Not to be discussed.

Surprised no one has alerted.


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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 09:44 AM

3. K&R

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