Lemon squeezed! CNN host is stunned into silence when royal commentator says African kings – not British royals – should pay reparations for slavery because ‘THEY rounded up their own people and had them waiting in cages on the beaches’
CNN anchor Don Lemon: ‘Some people want to be paid back and members of the public are wondering, why are we suffering when you have all of this vast wealth? Those are legitimate concerns.’
[Hilary] Fordwich answered: ‘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?
Fordwich continued: ‘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 own people, they had them on cages waiting in the beaches, no one was running into Africa to get them.
‘And I think you’re totally right. If reparations needs to be paid, we need to go right back to the beginning of that supply chain and say, ‘who was rounding up their own 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.’
The royal commentator’s response immediately silenced Lemon as he decided to conclude the interview.
‘It’s an interesting discussion,’ Lemon said. ‘Thank you so much, I appreciate it. We’ll continue to discuss in the future.’