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> Should Glasgow Apologise For Slavery?, Increasing calls for the city to say sorry
post 29th Apr 2013, 07:29pm
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Calls are growing in the Scottish media for Glasgow to apologise for its alleged historical inks to the slavery. Although the city – unlike some English cities – had no direct involvement in the slave trade, supporters of a call for Glasgow to apologise claim that the city benefited because the 'Tobacco Lords' accumulated wealth as a result of slavery.

Last week, Chris Dolan, a Scottish author who has written a book about white workers on Caribbean plantations, said that a public apology by Glasgow for its connections to the slave trade "would be beneficial". Mr Dolan claimed that a Glasgow apology would indicate that the city is willing to own up to its history, adding that the upcoming Commonwealth games in the city in 2014 would be the perfect platform to stage an apology.

Later in the week, the Glaswegian comedienne Elaine C Smith added her voice to a growing number calling for an apology from Glasgow. Baillieston-born Ms Smith said that she had been moved to speak after watching the film Lincoln in the cinema. The former Rab C Nesbitt star added:

"Half of Glasgow was built on the back of slavery [...] Confessing to our past as a nation is also important in the run-up to the referendum, which to me is all about becoming a grown-up country that's as good and as bad as other nations in the world, rather than the beatific one that's apart from all others.

We need to get out of that collective permanent adolescence, where we always blame our parents for everything. I think an apology would show we are a nation ready to look at itself and acknowledge what we were responsible for. Imagine what kind of country we might have become had Robert Burns gone to manage the plantations."

Other voices have since joined the call for Glasgow to apologise, although some commentators prefer to point to the prominent role Glaswegians played in the eventual abolition of the slave trade. Still others say that an apology would be pointless and achieve nothing.


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*Irene Ka*
post 29th Apr 2013, 07:59pm
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What is the point of an apology from people who are generations removed from the actual situation? The only apology that would have any value is if the people who were the perpetrators of the crime where the ones making the apology. We can only go forward by behaving in an appropriate way in the society that we now live and making sure that anything akin to this type of behavior never happens again. That is much better than an apology from those who have no real connection to the events.

Of course, it is part of the history of Glasgow and Scotland and should be recorded as such - good or bad.
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- GG   Should Glasgow Apologise For Slavery?   29th Apr 2013, 07:29pm
- - Strangelove   To what end? All it accomplishes is allowing some ...   29th Apr 2013, 07:41pm
- - norrie123   Its not something that I feel guilty of No doubt ...   29th Apr 2013, 07:48pm
- - tarheels   HEAR HEAR RIELLY , TARHEELS CHEERS AL...   29th Apr 2013, 07:50pm
- - Guest   Apologise for something I had nothing to do with, ...   29th Apr 2013, 07:57pm
- - Irene Ka   What is the point of an apology from people who ar...   29th Apr 2013, 07:59pm
- - methane   While slavery is abhorent. I don't see the poi...   29th Apr 2013, 08:00pm
- - Guest   Chris Dolan is absolutely correct. He is not aski...   29th Apr 2013, 08:07pm
|- - Old Sailor   QUOTE (Guest @ 29th Apr 2013, 01:24pm) Ch...   29th Apr 2013, 11:14pm
- - 27stowst   So are we to apologise to all the weans who died c...   29th Apr 2013, 08:08pm
- - DavidT   People in various parts of the world (africa inclu...   29th Apr 2013, 08:08pm
- - seadog   Slavery was legal back then.   29th Apr 2013, 08:12pm
- - Kassy   I agree what is in the past is over with and dig i...   29th Apr 2013, 08:15pm
- - Jupiter   Ive no doubt Glasgow and in particular the wealthy...   29th Apr 2013, 08:28pm
- - medevial   If someone has a guilt that requires a good scratc...   29th Apr 2013, 08:49pm
- - Dylan   We can not go through life apologising for old mis...   29th Apr 2013, 08:55pm
- - Guest   So does Eve have to apologise to Adam for giving h...   29th Apr 2013, 09:02pm
- - Jim D   Having read several reviews of this book - Redlegs...   29th Apr 2013, 09:27pm
|- - john.mcn   QUOTE (Jim D @ 29th Apr 2013, 09:44pm) Ha...   29th Apr 2013, 09:41pm
- - john.mcn   No, now i'm no history buff and there's pr...   29th Apr 2013, 09:34pm
- - CAMPSIE   Why should Glasgow apologise for her part in the s...   29th Apr 2013, 09:41pm
- - *Paulie*   I suspect Mr. Dolan is attempting to drill up some...   29th Apr 2013, 10:08pm
- - taurus   The whole of Britain got rich on some form of slav...   29th Apr 2013, 10:19pm
- - The Callands Rebel   As a Virginian, I can say unequivocally that this ...   29th Apr 2013, 10:34pm
- - gillen4   Having read the responses to this issue, it's ...   29th Apr 2013, 10:34pm
- - Jazzsaxman   It's in the past. Get over it. Probably some d...   29th Apr 2013, 10:39pm
|- - Toni   QUOTE (Jazzsaxman @ 29th Apr 2013, 06:56p...   29th Apr 2013, 11:08pm
- - *gerry*   Apologies for our Past Fathers sins? We`d be h...   29th Apr 2013, 10:56pm
- - droschke7   I 'm pretty sure that most intelegent people w...   29th Apr 2013, 11:07pm
- - Old Sailor   Let us bow to another academic who has found God...   29th Apr 2013, 11:15pm
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