Sunday, March 25, 2007

I am not a slave-trader...

so I don't see why I need to apologise for slavery:
Slavery predates writing and evidence for it can be found in almost all cultures and continents.

We live in nearly the first times in recorded history when slavery is internationally banned. The slave trade was stamped out by the Royal Navy. Thanks to the 200th anniversary of abolition we nearly all know that.

Why then, has the Archbishop of York
...called on Britain to make a formal apology for the slave trade?

Why then does the BBC propagate this piffle:
As a 14-year-old black British male, Reece Gittens is vulnerable. School exclusions, gang culture, knife and gun crime, and mental illness all disproportionately affect black boys in their early to late teens.[?]

It's the old victim-culture rubbish. It's demeaning, obstructive and patronising. It's disempowerment at its worst, and the media love it.
People often attribute things to the legacy of slavery, for instance. But many of the things that are attributed to the legacy of slavery really were not as bad a hundred years ago as they are today. In the book I mention marriage rates and rates of labor-force participation.

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