Oh No, We Don’t Want David To Despair, Do We..?

More than 175 historians have called on the Home Office to remove the history element of the UK citizenship test because of its “misleading and false” representation of slavery and empire.

Oh, here we go…

“The official handbook published by the Home Office is fundamentally misleading and in places demonstrably false

People in the colonies and people of colour in the UK are nowhere actors in this official history. The handbook promotes the misleading view that the empire came to an end simply because the British decided it was the right thing to do. Similarly, the abolition of slavery is treated as a British achievement, in which enslaved people themselves played no part. The book is equally silent about colonial protests, uprisings and independence movements.”

It’s our country, and our history is written by the winners. Maybe the people wanting to come here should be content with that?

Historian and broadcaster David Olusoga said: “This is another manifestation and a version of our history that whitewashes the difficult parts and if this is the history we’re telling to new fellow citizens then I somewhat despair.

“With the Black Lives Matter movement what we’ve seen is organisations and institutions all over the world listen in ways that they haven’t been able to do previously. So I’m hopeful that the Home Office will reappraise this handbook and its version of British history and offer new British citizens a fuller and more frank understanding of our past.”

Do you suppose when David uses the term ‘our’ he really means it?

3 comments for “Oh No, We Don’t Want David To Despair, Do We..?

  1. Penseivat
    July 31, 2020 at 9:40 am

    When they re-write the handbook and, no doubt, they will, perhaps they could add a chapter of how ‘people of colour’ came to this country, either to escape from slavery, or because they were freed from it. It could mention the African tribes who sold other African tribes into slavery to Muslim slave traders. The inclusion of the thousands of white people who were kidnapped and sold as slaves in the north African markets by Muslim slave traders may help. Perhaps a footnote about the thousands of British seamen and Marines who died fighting slave traders could be added. There won’t be any mention of these of course, as that may make David, the other 174 historians and all the members of the Burn, Loot, Murder organisation even more upset.

  2. Dr Evil
    July 31, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Perhaps it also should say that people of colour coming to this country and their descendants are a bloody damn nuisance we could well do without.

  3. July 31, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    “It’s our country, and our history is written by the winners.”

    Same thing happened in America

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