Divisive Bristol Council approves slavery reparations

Bristol Council has passed a motion in favour of reparations as an act of “atonement” for the city’s historical association with slavery.

The controversial move was led by Labour Councillor Cleo Lake who said: “I believe we are here on this Earth to live, grow, and to do what we can to make the world a better place for all people to enjoy.”

“Today is a historic moment where we can go some way towards what must be done to atone and repair from the past.”

She was joined by 46 other councillors in approving the motion which aimed to address “the uncomfortable truth that lighter skin did (and continues to) confer greater advantage.” 

“Reparations are necessary”, the councillors argue, “for achieving social justice” because “racism and racial hierarchy” continue to fuel division. Affirmative action needs to be taken to support the descendants of “enslaved Afrikans”.

The few councillors against the stance believe it “exacerbates division”. The motion promotes “a binary view of the world when the reality is much more complicated,” added Conservative Councillor Steve Smith, one of just twelve who opposed it.

“Nobody alive today is guilty. Nobody alive today is a victim. Nonsense,” tweeted Save Our Statues (you can read a fantastic op-ed by one of their founders here).

The Save our Statues campaign formed on the back of Bristol’s last brush with woke infamy, when tyrannical lefty protesters ripped the statue of one of the city’s greatest sons, Edward Colston from its moorings and unceremoniously dumped it in the harbour. Only in December were the perpetrators charged.

The government is fighting back with rules to make it near impossible for local authorities to remove treasured statues and monuments. However, as yesterday’s motion proves, there are still plenty of other avenues for crazed campaigners to follow.

Among the plans being put together by Bristol Council are “wealth creation strategies” which will call upon institutions to have benefitted from slavery to “work towards atonement and reparations” as well as recognition of “a crime against humanity”.

But how welcome is the council’s gesture? A recent poll found that 86% of black Britons oppose illegally removing statues.