david olusoga

david olusoga

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.

p1:

http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/britains-forgotten-slave-owners-2015/

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

p2:

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

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http://www.davidolusoga.com/

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none of us are free if one of us is chained

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