As a Black American living in London…..the British monarchy’s close historical ties to the slave trade and colonialisation. Modern royals still hold enormous wealth, much of which was first acquired through the profits of slavery.
Well, no, not really. Liz I certainly invested in some slaving voyages. Chas II equally so. But the Royal African Company never really did throw off vast profits. That assiento and the South Sea Company didn’t quite work out.
The British royal family isn’t, in fact, all that rich by the standards of the aristocracy. And what wealth there is near all comes from holdings of British land. Not really something created by slavery really.
I pray such a dialogue would also lead the monarchy to finally issue a formal apology for institutional racism, and to start seriously exploring how it can pay reparations to the descendants of the victims of slavery and exploitation at home and in the former British colonies.
Idiocy. Those descendants – whether in the US, Caribbean, or Britain – are better off than the descendants of those not enslaved in Africa. What damn reparations?
No, not saying that the slaves were better off, but their descendants are.