‘Stop trying to re-write history on the basis of your feelings’

September 2, 2017

 

 

UNDER THREAT? Left-wing activists say the 169-ft tall plinth in Trafalgar Square designed by William Ralliton, E H Baily and Sir Edwin Landseer should be taken down as they claim he privately condoned slavery by taking limited action against it. They say he is the modern-day equivalent of a white supremacist.   Picture by Beata May.

 

 

RACISM CHARGE: Speaking about Admiral Horatio Nelson, Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch, said this in The Guardian: “One of the obstacles these abolitionists (of slavery) had to overcome, who was what you would now call, a white supremacist. While many around him were denouncing slavery, Nelson was vigorously defending it.”

BUTT HURT: “It is puerile and childish to say this statue my feelings and so I am going to tear it down, thereby erasing history and censoring it. My problem with this is the following, is where do you stop, folks? Where do you stop this idea to re-shape, re-mould, our history based on your feelings?”: LBC presenter and founder of the Quilliam Foundation Maajid Nawaz said this in response to Afua Hirsch’s article in the Guardian. Picture by E Regis.

 

 

 

 

 

A FORMER Islamist extremist turned public broadcaster has accused a left-wing journalist of trying to re-write history on the basis of her feelings.

In a column written by Guardian journalist Afua Hirsch accused Admiral Horatio Nelson, the naval commander who won the Battle of Trafalgar, of being complicit and turning a blind eye to the tyranny, serial rape and exploitation of black Africans used as slaves by the planters in the West Indies, and implied that his statue in Trafalgar Square should be taken down.

Ten days ago, campaigners were themselves accused of racism when the sports broadcaster EWPN pulled one of the sports broadcasters, Robert Lee, from announcing a football game because the stadium hosting it in Virginia, the United States, previously was the venue for a “white nationalist” demonstration protesting against the taking down of the statue of the Confederate Civil War general. Lee has the same name as him despite being of East Asian heritage.

This coincided with a campaign by left-wing activists in America to topple statues commemorating the Confederate side of the US civil war in a campaign saying that they were “right-wing supremacists” and now the ripples have come to this side of the Atlantic.

In her article. Hirsch, said the following statement: “One of the obstacles these abolitionists (of slavery) had to overcome, who was what you would now call, a white supremacist. While many around him were denouncing slavery, Nelson was vigorously defending it.”

The Battle of Trafalgar was won in 1805 and this meant the British Navy controlled the High Seas, and two years later in 1807 William Wilbeforce brought in the Abolition of International Slave Trade Act and enforce it against all other international slave traders and if it wasn’t for this act, the trade could have continued for years. These points were made in this exchange.

However in an unguarded moment, LBC radio presenter, former member of the Islamist group Hizb ul-Tahrir and founder of the Quilliam Foundation, Maajid Nawaz, accused Hirsh and her supporters of being childish and puerile in “changing history on the basis of their feelings”.

He said: “Nelson may well have done these things. I haven’t looked at the historical record but I have no reason to doubt Horatio Nelson traded in slaves, pretty much most people did including the Founding Fathers of America and this is my problem with this frankly puerile and ‘butt hurt’ line of argument.

“It is puerile and childish to say this statue hurts my feelings and so I am going to tear it down, thereby erasing history and censoring it. My problem with this is the following, is where do you stop, folks? Where do you stop this idea to re-shape, re-mould, our history based on your feelings?

“You want to take down Nelson’s Column, (Cecil) Rhodes at Oxford. This British Muslim man is going to give you more feelings that will hurt. Shall we take down Richard the Lion Heart because he participated in the Crusades and that offends me too, why stop there?

Nawaz then suggested banning all references to the current monarch and her great great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, and ultimately banning it.

He continued: “Queen Victoria, now what did she do in our history, oh, that’s right, she reigned over the British empire and colonised large parts of the world, including south Asia. That’s not good, imperialism.

“Let’s stop calling Victoria (Bus and Coach) Station, Victoria Hall, Let’s remove everything with Queen Victoria’s name on it, including all the ships in our navy named after her. Queen Elizabeth (II) reigned for a brief period of time while we still had remnants of empire left. “Let’s remove everything with Queen Elizabeth on it including any monuments or statues put up to her name.

“Oh, she’s still our Queen, well in that case we had better remove the monarchy then and what about the Crown Jewels because they were stolen from India, where do you stop with this mad line of argument that our entire culture and how we remember our history must be shaped and remoulded around your feelings because you’re upset with bad things that happened in history.”

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