On Good Morning Britain, Pierce Morgan got into a debate Professor Kehinde Andrew who was a guest on the show where he was discussing Britain’s racist past and rolling effects on the rest of the world and Pierce being the fragile man that he is, got offended, but who is surprised at this point?
What brought on this heated discussion when astronaut Scott Kelly quoted Winston Churchill in a tweet on October 7th:
One of the greatest leaders of modern times, Sir Winston Churchill said, “in victory, magnanimity.” I guess those days are over.
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) October 7, 2018
For those of you that don’t know, Winston Churchill was Britain’s Prime Minister from 1951-1955. Though he is believed to be a great leader, to those of outside the western world, however, Churchill is viewed as a violent, racist, imperialist who boldly expressed his contempt for Indians. At one point, Churchill said “I hate Indians, they are beastly people with a beastly religion” he also referred to Palestinians as ” barbaric hordes who ate little but camel dung”
In 1937 he told the Palestine Royal Commission: “I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly-wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.”
Though I digress, Winston Churchill is a prime example of Britain’s racist past and willingness to ignore it.
One of the latest examples of Britain ever presents racism is ‘Brexit’ brought to you by Margret Thatcher 2.0, Theresa May, in which 51.9% of the country voted to leave the European Union. A common reasoning for the poor decision-making is that they believe this will make it harder for those emigrating and will lessen crime committed by said immigrants which in reality is xenophobia veiled in faux concern.
Let’s not forget that the British Empire has invaded almost 90% of countries in the world and out of 200 only 22 of them didn’t experience colonised by the British Empire.
Let’s look at it this way; the British Empire is a playground bully and all countries colonised by the British are its victims. The British Empire steals from the other countries and has them under its control but soon leaves them alone, however, those countries continue to suffer even after being left alone and The British Empire pretends it didn’t do anything wrong and wonder why no-one likes them.
On the 1st of October, it was Nigeria’s Independence Day, celebrating 58 years of Independence from British rule. Due to the of British interference in Nigeria and many other African countries, these places still suffer lasting effects of colonialism such as poverty, an unstable economy. They were also forced assimilate to western culture and abandon their own.
Although this may seem like a rant, the point I’m trying to make is that no matter how you try to frame it, the matter of the fact is that Britain always has been; from the beginning of time been racist and always will be. Our police force, government and society as a whole are rooted in racism and white supremacy. The British Empire more or less birthed imperialism and trying to paint Britain as want it isn’t is ignorant and damaging.
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