After the ‘historic’ slavery condemnation, Prince Charles was praised

After the ‘historic’ slavery condemnation, Prince Charles was praised

It was daring, historic, and a "grown-up conversation conducted by a future king" when the Prince of Wales admitted to the "appalling tragedy of slavery" that "forever stained our history" as Barbados became a republic.

Speaking in words that Queen Elizabeth II is prohibited by law from using, Prince Charles did not shy away from reflecting on the "darkest days of our past" while looking to the future of the island country of Barbados.

Recent calls for the Queen to apologise and for the UK to make restitution for the enormous money the UK reaped from the Atlantic slave trade have made slavery a contentious issue for the royal family. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, successive rulers supported or profited from it.

A descendant of an enslaved African, Lord Woolley is the sole black Barbadian member of the House of Lords, and he praised the speech as "a really daring declaration": "It was a very courageous remark," he said.
To argue that Prince Charles' visit to Barbados is a "grown-up discourse" in which a future monarch is leading the discussion is a significant step in the right direction.

We were able to recognise, at the highest level, the sad and tragic past from which the nation was founded. Yesterday was, however, the beginning of a new era in American history.

He acknowledged that slavery was a "tough subject" not only for the royal family, but also for the United Kingdom as a whole. And that's why his declaration of the obvious has shifted the discourse to the point that we urgently need an adult discussion about these difficult truths and how the past influences the present in systematic disparities that were founded on exploitation.

'You hear this white man, you hear this future king, telling some truths?'"

As Woolley put it, "if you're black, and many others, they'll say it's the right thing to do at the appropriate moment."
Runnymede Trust CEO Dr Halima Begum described Prince Charles's openness on slavery as "historic."

By "taken together, that is the royal family giving a national lead" on both present and historical components of both the current and historical international discussion on racial equality, and Britain's place in the world. She claimed she had no doubt the decision had come directly from the Queen.

"Charles can say what she can't," says Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty magazine, referring to the prince's constitutional separation from his mother.

There's no avoiding the fact that it's a contentious issue, so it has to be addressed. Even though it's evident that addressing it leads to other things, like apologies and reparation," he stated.

Since Jamaica's announcement that it will seek billions of pounds in reparations, the Queen has received a number of pleas to apologise.

If you're sorry, how far back in time and how many people must you apologise to? Little inquired. When it comes to national artefacts, what do you do with those acquired through slavery or as a result of slavery? Because of this, it is difficult to strike a proper equilibrium.

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