As a handful of noisy Jamaican protesters heckle after Prince William and Kate Middleton to apologize for Britain’s role in the slave trade during the Royal couples’ Caribbean tour, it was inevitable that mouthy super-woke celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg would soon begin a tirade of anti-British abuse.
Although the Royal visit was designed to strengthen relationships between Jamaica and the British Commonwealth, Will and Kate faced a small but headline-grabbing backlash as they visited Jamaica this week.
A group of organized protesters assembled outside the Jamaican British embassy waving placards assigning princes and princesses to “fairy tales” and demanding the couple formally apologize for Britain’s historic role in the slave trade.
Of course, Whoopi Goldberg didn’t miss this golden opportunity to throw her hat into the anti-British ring.
“Let us not forget when we talk about what needs to happen, all the folks that need to apologize,” said the avid Meghan Markle fan on ABC’s The View.
“Listen, this is not new. I suspect Charles when he was in Barbados had some idea because he went on and apologized”
It goes without saying that the slave trade was a barbaric part of British history, and following the woke-led furor, Prince William felt obliged to publicly announce (as he has done many times before), that the slave trade was “abhorrent” and “should never have happened”.
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I think there are very few on the planet who would disagree with this sentiment, but is it really necessary to incessantly regress to divisive finger-pointing?
The (African) slave trade may seem like recent history to African Americans like Whoopi Goldberg. The USA is a young country and has, relative to others, seen little in the way of barbarity throughout the ages.
Depending on how far back into the world’s past one wishes to delve, it’s easy to see that every race, religion and demographic on the planet has, at one point or another, experienced organized barbarity, prejudice and domination.
Indeed, Britain itself faced numerous invasions – the French who killed our King and took the British throne by force, the bloodthirsty Vikings, and the Spanish Armada floating off British shores as Queen Elizabeth I famously rallied her soldiers to victory with “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a King, and a King of England too”.
Of course, many other nations had Empires. The Roman Empire conquered huge swathes of Europe, including England.
If Whoopi took a vacation to ancient Rome, she’d be able marvel at statues of Emperors like Marcus Aurelius who, like all the Emperors of Rome, kept (predominantly) white, Christian slaves and would sometimes force them to fight to the death in the spectacular Colosseum.
‘But that’s far less recent than the British slavery of Africans’! I hear the woke cry.
May be so – but some living British stood on English soil as the Luftwaffe had dogfights with Spitfires above their heads and families cowered in the London Underground as the Blitz tore apart their homes and killed their friends as their brothers and sons lay dying in a foreign field.
If Whoopi knew where to look, she’d still see the scars of war freckling London buildings – a reminder of the horror British people endured, not as a distant memory or a page in a history book, but events which shook living British citizens. Of course, this is disregarding the innumerable Islamic terror attacks targeting the British public even more recently and the small fact that Whoopi publicly declared she didn’t think the Holocaust was racist…
So, while we can all re-call happenings throughout the history of the world which were barbaric, unfair, unjust and should never have happened, continually demanding apologies and pointing the finger of blame at generations to come achieves nothing save harbor needless animosity towards peaceful, free and equal nations like Britain.