OUCH! British Pundit Ruthlessly Disfigures CNN Host Don Lemon Following Reparations Comment, “We should start with…”

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Don Lemon got a lesson in reparations last night from a British pundit.

Appearing on CNN, commentator Kevin O’Leary told the host that he believes reparations should start with the African kings. They were rounding up their people and selling them into slavery.

Lemon said he didn’t know what O’Leary was talking about.

O’Leary explained that the African kings were just as responsible for slavery as the European colonizers and slave traders.

He went on to say that reparations should be paid by all of the parties involved in slavery, not just the Europeans.

Lemon seemed surprised by this viewpoint and said he would have to consider it.

This exchange shows that even people who are supposedly knowledgeable about the issue of reparations can be woefully ignorant. Therefore, it is important to have a nuanced and well-informed conversation about reparations to move forward on this issue.

The pundit exclaimed: “England is facing rising costs of living, a living crisis, austerity budget cuts, and so on. And then you have those who are asking for reparations for colonialism, and they’re wondering, you know, $100 billion, $24 billion here and there, $500 million there.

“Some people want to be paid back and, and members of the public are wondering, ‘Why are we suffering when you are, you know, you have all this vast wealth?’ Those are legitimate concerns.”

Hilary Fordwich responded:

“Well, I think you’re right about reparations in terms of if people want it, though, what they need to do is you always need to go back to the beginning of a supply chain.”

“Where was the beginning of the supply chain?

“That was in Africa, and when it crossed the entire world when slavery was taking place, which was the first nation in the world that abolished slavery?

“The first nation world to abolish it, it was started by William Wilberforce, was the British. In Great Britain, they abolished slavery.

“Two thousand naval men died on the high seas trying to stop slavery. Why? Because the African kings were rounding up their people, they had them in cages waiting on the beaches.

“No one was running into Africa to get them. And I think you’re right. If reparations need to be paid, we need to go right back to the beginning of that supply chain and say, ‘Who was rounding up their people and having them handcuffed in cages?’

“Absolutely. That’s where they should start. And maybe, I don’t know, the descendants of those families where they died at the, in the high seas trying to stop the slavery, that those families should receive something too, I think, at the same time.”

In a similar interview, Nigel Farage argued that it is not the British people who should be paying up – but rather the African kings and chiefs who were complicit in the slave trade.

“We should start with the African kings and chiefs who were rounding up their own people, putting them in chains, and selling them to the white man,” Farage said.

“We should look at the role of Islam in the slave trade. We should look at the Arabs who were taking slaves long before any Europeans got involved.”

Farage’s comments come as the issue of reparations has gained new traction in recent years.

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