THE DOUBLE STANDARDS
The nicer word used is ‘indentured labor’ but in reality the Irish though white were ripped apart from families and sold to the highest bidders and treated as slaves having transported them to the British colonies. It is these British that are today preaching about human rights when none of the violations committed by them have been allowed to be even investigated and the British refuse to acknowledge their crimes against humanity. The British think that they can hide their criminal past and pretend all that took place a long long time ago and have the God-given right to be pointing fingers at others in nations where trouble have either been created by them indirectly or find the roots back to Britain. Why are these crimes kept in the dark and hidden from the public? Is it because the British are ashamed or because they simply want to white wash their crimes and pretend they did no such crimes!
Britain’s Human Rights to White Irish
What do you do to people who are of the wrong religion, who speak the wrong language and people who are too many to control? The British solution was to pack them off to the British colonies as King James 1 did. In fact it was the white Irish that were packed off to the Amazon in 1612 and it was only in 1619 that the 1st African slaves were sent to Jamestown. Its time we all re-learn our history!
We can take heart that the enslavement and repression of human rights were not solely directed at non-whites. The treatment of white Irish by the British stands out as a gory example of how ruthless the British were and probably still are.
African slaves cost 50 Sterling but Irish slaves were just 5 sterling and so Irish became the cheap choice for enslavement. A hybrid version of cloning slaves became the next modus operandi by getting African settlers to breed with Irish women to produce slaves of a distinct complexion that would save the British the cost of transporting more slaves from either Africa or Ireland. Ingenious thinking!
The tanned complexion of people in the West Indies come from this forced breeding. In 1681 this practice was however banned. Irish slaves were also sold in Australia. A British ship is said to have dumped 1302 slaves in the Atlantic Ocean so the crew would have enough food. When Prime Minister Paul Keating of Australia refused to show ‘proper respect’ to Britains Queen Elizabeth II during her tate visit, a British Conservative MP (Terry Dicks) declared “it’s a country of ex-convicts, so we should not be surprised by the rudeness of their prime minister”. Some Australians still want to be part of the British Empire!
In 1641, Ireland’s population was 1,466,000 and in 1652 reduced to 616,000. According to Sir William Petty, 850,000 were wasted by the sword, plague, famine, hardship and banishment during the Confederation War 1641-1652. Thereafter the British began transporting Irish to the American colonies.
Famous Americans whose heritage is Irish
If the British was not satisfied with turning the Irish into slaves their next plan after Cromwell came into power was nothing short of genocide with the intentional famine and plague created by destroying food stocks to reduce Irish population to 40%, their lands were confiscated, Catholicism was outlawed and British soldiers ordered to kill any Irish. That was Cromwell towards Ireland and Robert Brownrigg the Butcher of Uva tried a similar stunt in Ceylon when the same scorched earth policy and his declaration was “Slaughter every man, woman, and child (including babes suckling at the breast)” http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2015/02/04/governor-robert-brownrigg-butcher-of-uva-wellassa/
The British are speaking pretending to be on a moral higher plane when the 1742 English State Paper states “In clearing the ground for the adventurers and soldiers (the English capitalists of that day)… To be transported to Barbados and the English plantations in America. It was a measure beneficial to Ireland, which was thus relieved of a population that might trouble the planters; it was a benefit to the people removed, which might thus be made English and Christians … a great benefit to the West India sugar planters, who desired men and boys for their bondsmen, and the women and Irish girls… To solace them.” (so the abuse of young boys to satisfy men is really nothing new!)
If any single country owes an apology to the people of the world it is none other than Britain. The British Empire controlled the world for 2 centuries. By 1922 Britain ruled over 458million people across 13,012,000sq.miles (1/4 of the world’s land area).
The British created racial segregation (known as Apartheid) where whites ruled blacks. British confiscated native lands and made the natives into landless tenant slaves. The potatoe famine in Ireland is remembered for the manner the British killed 750,000 Irish from famine in a systematic ploy to cull population. It was the British that began the Opium Wars growing them legally in British India and smuggling them into China using it as a trade leverage and led to the Treaty of Nanjing and the opening of 5 ports to international trade and ceded Hong Kong to Great Britain. We can also recall the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 which led to the Scramble for Africa and the carving out of Africa’s territory and boundaries to satisfy the greed and lust of the white invaders who were scrambling to get their dirty hands on Africa’s wealth – gold, ivory, minerals, natural resources, oil, gas etc.
There is much that Britain stands guilty of but instead Britain and the other white Christian nations have used their global power and world control to either shut out or hide the truth from the public. Except for a handful of people who have studied the root causes and are intelligent enough to put two and two together most find it difficult to even imagine the scale of white Christian crimes that have been committed.
When leaders like David Cameron stands and points fingers like some cherubic angel and messiah representing Britain as the honorable and decent nation, we can but bring out the past to remind them to atone for their sins first before shouting from glass houses.
Shenali D Waduge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31E1gHowYcA The Truth About Slavery: Past, Present and Future