Wendigo7 wrote:I’m not fussed either way with the statues. Do they impede your every day chilling about town? Nah.
You won’t get monetary reparations in the UK. Simply wouldn’t happen. It would need to be consistent since the country began and if each region paid out from the start, say 2k yrs ago for example, every single region in the UK and every country with an old history would go bust immediately just for morality. That wouldn’t fly. Might work in a newer country.
There’s also the difficulty of timing. Germany had the issues in the 1910s and 1940s. It was taught as guilt for 50/60 years that it was a kind of shaming for what had happened. Couple of years ago they decided no more and don’t put the guilt on the kids anymore. It would then feel ridiculous to extend to the UK and that whilst the effects are still there, it varies from 20 to 300 years ago in relevance. We shouldn’t be advocating guilt for the sake of it which some people are.
We can teach pre colonial, empire and post colonial black history as a subject in schools. I’m sure there are other things we can do easily as well.
Hmm...there's a certain irony in mentioning some form of monetary compensation. Britain only managed to rid itself of slavery by financially compensating its slave owners for the loss of their "property". All 40,000 or so of them.
IIRC, the British state spent a considerably greater sum on this act of recompense - at least twice as much - than it did on famine relief in Ireland ten years later.
Now, there's an enormously instructive set of history lessons on "British values" from the 19th century. I assume they don't teach that in British schools.