Laying on the couch still in recovery mode from Turkey day, I came across this interesting CNN article about Bi-centennial and Toni Blair. Prime Minister Blair, on behalf of England, will convey “deep sorrow” for Britain’s role in starting and participating in the slave trade. In a newspaper targeted towards the black community Toni Blair will be quoted for saying:
I believe the bicentenary offers us a chance not just to say how profoundly shameful the slave trade was — how we condemn its existence utterly and praise those who fought for its abolition — but also to express our deep sorrow that it ever could have happened.
The article states that Blair “falls short” from a full apology because his advisers suggests that this could provoke wants for reparations.
I wanted to get the opinion of blackademics on what is more important… the fact that the PM wanted to apologize for slavery or the fact that he didn’t because his advisers thought it would create an outcry for more?
Personally, I am little disappointed, I think it is high time for a full apology for the atrocities known as the slave trade especially from the European community. However is it too late? Is being upset over this analogous to crying over spilt milk?
Do you think this denial of a full apology and fear for ‘provoking wants of reparation” are signs of the racism our community should be worried about or is it just the government not willing to admit their mistakes?