Monday, March 26, 2007

Archbishop says Church must consider reparations for its role in slavery

I very much welcome the statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury that the Church of England should consider making or paying reparations for its part in the slave trade.

The Church of England received £9,000 in the 19th century as compensation for freeing slaves under its control. At the very least, this money, including a substantial amount for inflation and interest, should be paid by the Church as reparations. The Archbishop asks who it should be paid to.

I am sure he will think of someone or some body, or bodies, to pay it to.

One centre of the Church of England's involvement in slavery was Barbados.

A five second Google on "Barbados Charity Poor" reveals the Barbados Children's Trust. Sounds ideal. This charity has an added attraction: Cliff Richard has been involved with it.

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