intro’d to David here… his 2015 documentary – britain’s forgotten slave owners:
Documentary looking at the abolition of slavery in Britain and the extraordinary choice by the government of the day to compensate slave owners for their loss of ‘property’.
In part 1 historian David Olusoga uncovers the untold story of Britain’s slave owners. In part 2 he traces the propaganda war waged between the pro-slavery lobby and the abolitionists.
9 min – data base breaks down the idea that the slaveowners were them and not us..
19 min – racism not just born out of hatred but self-interest
24 min – when you look at those things (chains/holds) you realize it was a system based on terror. horrific.
39 min – women more than 40% of slave owners – most were trapped – dependent on a system of which they had no control
50 min – on the corrupting effect the slave system had on the slaveowners themselves
58 min – you realize that slavery wasn’t just a crime/tragedy.. it was an appalling waste of human life
28 min – key to ending slavery was in the compensation of slave owners.. property and the rights to property ran at the very heart of british culture/law
29 min – compensation soon seen as a non negotiable… had to abandon fundamental principal of humanity.. ie: rather than human, property
44 min – a bail out of a privileged minority
45 min – after compensation… profits helped shape the nation we live in today
50 min – on collective shame.. what is known should be known by all
none of us are free if one of us is chained