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"If He Were White and His Oppressors Had Been British...",
This review is from: Amistad [DVD] (DVD)
`Amistad' is an uncomfortable reminder of a fact that many Americans would like to ignore. That having supposedly overthrown the oppressive rule of King George III on the grounds that "All men are created equal," (with I might add, massive support from the Despotic Monarchy of France,) the `Evil' British Empire banned slavery decades before they did. That Abraham Lincoln only banned slavery and fought the Civil War because it was a hindrance to trade with that Empire. And that even now, America is a Nation of Democracy and Freedom for everyone, as long as they are rich, Protestant, speak English and most importantly, are white.
In the words of Anthony Hopkins, playing the role of John Quincy Adams as he defends the man who fought and killed to free himself and the rest of the Spaniard's `Property,' "If he were white and his oppressors had been British, he would not be able to stand for the weight of medals we would pin upon his chest"
Having been born in Hull and visited the William Wiberforce Museum on many occasions, I can say for certain that in this film, the recreation of the abuse and murder of slaves taken from Africa is more compelling than a thousand museum exhibits. And before they continue spreading their hypocritical dream of `Freedom & Democracy' across the world, the Americans should first admit the truth about their terrible past.
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2012 05:57:58 GMT
Fuzzy Dunlop says:
The fact that the British banned slavery before the Americans did does not put the British in any position to claim the moral high ground re slavery over the Americans. The two are as bad as each other. Check your history and your facts, the British were active slave traders. Most of the ships that ferried captured Africans to North America and the Carribean were British ships. So don't come here talking about America's horrible past alone...British involvement in slavery is equally horrible! The British actively used slaves in the carribean!!!!!Take the log out of your own eye before pointing out the speck in other people's eyes.
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