CNN’s Don Lemon Pushes British Pundit On Royal Family Owing Reparations. He Immediately Regrets It

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CNN’s Don Lemon learned a brutal lesson after pushing British royal commentator Hilary Fordwich about whether the royal family needed to pay reparations for slavery.

Fordwich slammed Lemon by explaining the problem started with African kings enslaving their own people in cages. She explains that Britain was the first nation to abolish slavery. The response caught Lemon off guard as he went unusually silent and admitted it was “interesting.”

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Lemon brought up the issue by saying, “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 of this vast wealth?’ Those are legitimate concerns.”

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.”

She continued, “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 own people, they had them on cages waiting in the beaches. No one was running into Africa to get them,” she continued.

“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.”

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Here’s a full transcript:

DON LEMON, CNN: “Well, this is coming when, you know, this, all of this wealth, and you hear about it, comes as England is facing rising costs of living, a living crisis, austerity budget cuts, and so on.”

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“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 of this vast wealth? Those are legitimate concerns.”

HILARY FORDWICH, GLOBAL BUSINESS CONSULTANT: “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 the 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. 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 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.”

LEMON: “It’s an interesting discussion, Hilary. Thank you, very much. I appreciate it. We’ll continue to discuss in the future.”

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