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The sale of slaves and the trade of the black population of Africa was for hundreds of years one of the most lucrative affairs of the British Empire. Millions of blacks were captured like beasts, chained, transported by ships in the worst possible conditions, and sold in America and elsewhere as slaves.
Britain pursued a policy of systematic and mass killings of occupied peoples in the colonies and is similar to Nazi Germany's policy of "destroying lower races and undesirable peoples."
In Nigeria (Biafra) two to three million blacks killed in conflict and starved to death (1967-1970)
Segregation - the separation of the population of Africa was based on racial, ethnic, national, religious and gender criteria
British segregation was more massive and lasted 30 times longer than Hitler's
Genocide against the Mau-Mau tribe in Kenya (1952-1960)
Tens of thousands killed and starved to death in British concentration camps full of women and children of the Bura people
In Kenya, prisoners were systematically tortured and sexually abused, resulting in three million deaths and killings
The plunder of Africa has not stopped for hundreds of years. All riches from the Egyptian pyramids, works of art up to gold, diamonds, ivory, oil, mineral wealth, the British stole without payment
When the then British Prime Minister David Cameron pointed out in 2011 that "Great Britain is responsible for many world problems in history", he first distanced himself from the country's imperial past. He then pointed out that "Britain is to blame for decades of tensions and several wars over disputed territories, as well as other world conflicts." At the same time, all the platoons of conservative England were shot at by the Prime Minister, claiming that Britain should not be ashamed of its colonial past.
Even Sean Geb, a historian and liberal political activist, reacted immediately and assessed that Cameron should not apologize for W.'s past. Britain: "It is a valid historical fact that some problems originated in British foreign policy in the 19th and 20th centuries, but should we feel guilty about that? I can't see why that should be. Some of these problems arose because certain countries did not want to be part of the British Empire, they wanted independence. They got her. They should solve their problems now instead of looking at us. "
The belief that the problems arose because "certain countries did not want to be part of the British Empire, they wanted independence", shows how much in the current, let alone in Victorian Britain, there is no awareness of crucial, key responsibility for serious crimes committed. in a large number of states. Some Britons are surprised and even angry (not all) that some nations and states did not want to be occupied by Perfidious Albion. And when they didn't want to - here you suffer lower races, that's the message!
The British are still without feelings of guilt and apology
The second example is even more indicative. In 2006, an official of the Anglican Church asked the then Prime Minister T. Blair to make an official, formal apology on behalf of England for the slave trade, and on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Britain itself (in the British Empire it was formally abolished only in 1833).
And that was the reason for the former prime minister to say something about it. In November 2006, Tony Blair also expressed "deep regret" over Britain's historic role in the African slave trade.
About that island psychology of supremacy and innocence, Siniša Ljepojević, a well-known writer and journalist, a connoisseur of Britain, says: "It is noticeable that Blair did not apologize, he avoided directly apologizing for those crimes. He only condemned the British role in the African slave trade. And he marked that trade as a crime against humanity. He expressed deep regret that it ever happened. "
Ljepojevic added: "He stated all this in order to disguise his crimes that he committed from Kosovo to Iraq and Afghanistan, but the most important thing is that he did not apologize."
Even today, Britain's attitude is uncritical of its long slave trade in Africa. The sale of slaves and the trade of the black population of Africa was for hundreds of years one of the most lucrative affairs of the British Empire. Millions of blacks were captured like beasts, chained, transported by ships in the worst possible conditions, and sold in America and around the world as slaves. Before the ships were taken, all captured men, women and children - slaves - would be chained, beaten and stamped with hot iron (as the cattle are marked).
England joined this trade after Portugal, but became the largest enslaving nation on the planet. Slavery brought wealth and power and included the nobility, politicians, clergy and prominent people.
Slavery is a crime against humanity
It should be noted that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN in 1948, strictly and explicitly prohibited slavery. Slavery was also declared a crime against humanity by the French law of 2001. Very late!
Estimates vary. According to some sources, "from the 16th to the 19th century, about 12-13 million African slaves, children of women and men were transported across the Atlantic to roam the plantations and mines in the countries of the New World and the British colonies." Others (Russian sources) mention "that the English alone captured about 13 million people from the green continent and sold them as slaves. And the number of dead, killed and died of disease and starvation is 3-4 times higher. So, the total number of victims reached as much as 50-53 million ", claims Russia.
In addition to Portugal and Britain, other European countries joined the slave trade: France, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands. Even official slave trade companies have been established. The capture and sale of people in Africa especially developed after the mentioned countries in America started to establish their colonies.
The British estimated that 40,000 to 45,000 slaves were sold annually on the island of Zanzibar alone (Tanzania). It should be noted that many sources reliably state that tens of millions of African blacks died in inhumane conditions during transport by ship.
New databases now allow new generations of Britons to see and discover unpleasant information on their own - that their ancestors owned slaves. And more than that: when slavery was abolished, even wealthy owners of wages, factories, farms, mines received a waiver, or compensation from the British government. Valid proof that it was normal to have slaves in Albion, and that it was a pity that slavery was abolished!