We’ve rarely seen a smackdown against political correctness better than the one that hit CNN’s Don Lemon this week when he tried to criticize the British Empire over slavery during the Queen’s funeral.
Hilary Fordwich, an expert on the British royal family, reacted sharply to Lemon’s suggestion that “reparations for colonialism” were “legitimate concerns” today:
DON LEMON, CNN: Some people want to be paid back and members of the public are wondering, ‘Why are we suffering when you are, you have all this vast wealth?’ Those are legitimate concerns.
HILARY FORDWICH: 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 the supply chain. Where was the beginning of the supply chain?
That was in Africa. Across the entire world, when slavery was taking place, which was the first nation in the world that abolished slavery? It was the British.
In Great Britain they abolished slavery. 2,000 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 in cages, waiting in the beaches.
I think you’re totally 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 own people and having them handcuffed in cages. Absolutely, that’s where they should start.
After her answer, the normally outspoken Lemon was stone-faced with nothing to say, so he quickly transitioned to the next segment. Congrats to Ms. Fordwich for a successful slap down.