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Post time 2008-12-10 20:45:00 |Display all floors
I saw a very interesting documentary on TV.
Victoria Wood, a well known British Comedian, is travelling the world visiting places named after Queen Victoria.
In one episode she visits Ghana, on Africa's west coast, and looks at places involved in the slave trade.
Ms Wood visits the slave trading port of Cape Coast and the monuments and museums to the trade in African slaves.
She discusses the issue with local people and explains the history of the slave trade, how it had been going on for hundreds of years with Arab slave traders before the Europeans came along and muscled in with the British expanding the trade greatly.
Victoria Wood matter of factly explains the issue and matter of factly acknowledges the wrongs which were done by the British those hundreds of years ago in taking part in this terrible trade.

Now we all know that this practice was wrong and that it was started by Africans and Arabs and then exploited by Europeans.
What is particularly of interest is the great deal of introspection and self examination that many British (and other westerners) are going through in reconciling past errors and wrongs performed by earlier generations.
This honesty is a genuine evaluation of the issues and presented in a way which brings this history and those practices to a wider audience through popular television program making.
It is a practice which should catch on.

I wonder if other forumites can suggest similar types of programmes which could be made in other countries to do similar things, acknowledging the wrongs of the past or even present.
Maybe the Thais could look at the situation with Karen refugees from Burma. Maybe the Japanese could examine the treatment of the Ainu. Maybe China could................
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Post time 2008-12-10 20:48:37 |Display all floors
But they continue doing the stupid, same mistake.

Afghanistan, Iraq...

So what's the point of ackowledging without improving?

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Post time 2008-12-10 21:06:07 |Display all floors
Originally posted by augusten at 2008-12-10 20:48
But they continue doing the stupid, same mistake.

Afghanistan, Iraq...


So, what is your alternative approach to Iraq, Afghanistan and, more urgently, Zimbabwe?

Originally posted by augusten at 2008-12-10 20:48
So what's the point of ackowledging without improving?


Do you acknowledge the events in China's past?

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Post time 2008-12-10 22:45:19 |Display all floors
i   think  the  slave  trade  in  past   was  a  big  fist   to  the civilization,agaist   the  fundemental   human  rights.

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Post time 2008-12-11 08:15:35 |Display all floors

Comic Tragedy .

#1  emu,

So Victoria Wood has single handedly exonerated the century of the most inhumane and brutal practice of slavery practiced by the British Empire ! Did you say she is a comedienne ? Maybe she is taking the Mickey out of the descendants of the slaves , again . Come come emu , you are so patronizing without even realizing it . You think that a word here or there would wipe out the suffering of tens of thousands of families , who were bought and sold as chattel and abused all their lives ?

It is a good comedy , the stuff of the key-stone cops .  Wake up ! Compensations , memorial and official ( government ) apologies may be more appropriate ,don't you think ?

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Post time 2008-12-11 16:24:08 |Display all floors
Originally posted by mengzhi at 2008-12-11 10:15
So Victoria Wood has single handedly exonerated the century of the most inhumane and brutal practice of slavery practiced by the British Empire !


You really do have a problem understanding plain English, don't you.

Victoria Wood didn't exonerate anything. If anything she wallowed in the guilt over the slave trade. Acknowledged it, condemned it and questioned the motives of those who took part.

It's a series, silly boy. Why don't you watch it before condemning. On second thoughts, you'd never want to do that as you'd be obliged to recognise that evil whitey does confront unsavoury episodes in his history.

I started this thread to contrast the honesty that the British media is displaying in frankly talking about this subject. Something I doubt we'd see from the media in a certain other country!

[ Last edited by emucentral at 2008-12-11 06:26 PM ]
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Post time 2008-12-11 16:26:27 |Display all floors
Originally posted by seneca at 2008-12-11 00:24
That is because WE Chinese have exported slaves for centuries, including in the year 1431 when one of Zheng He's captains sailed all the way to Venice to deposit some slaves there... ...


Now shameless seneka tries to pretend as a Chinese.

Because no country wants you out there?

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