CNN host Don Lemon was at a complete loss for words after a royal commentator told who should be paying slavery reparations.
Lemon interviewed Hilary Fordwich following Queen Elizabeth II's death. He suggested the Royal Family should pay reparations for the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
"Some people want to be paid back and members of the public are wondering, why are we suffering when you have all of this vast wealth?" Lemon asked. "Those are legitimate concerns."
"Well, I think you're right about reparations in terms of if people want it though," Fordwich said. "What they need to do - is you always need to go back to the beginning of a supply chain, where was the beginning of the supply chain?"
"That was in Africa, and when it crossed the entire world, when slavery was taking place. Which was the first nation in the world that abolished slavery? The first nation in the world to abolish it, it was started by William Wilberforce, was the British," she continued.
She wasn't done.
"In Great Britain, they abolished slavery. Two thousand Naval men died on the high seas trying to stop slavery. Why? Because the African kings were rounding up their own people, they had them on cages waiting in the beaches, no one was running into Africa to get them."
"And I think you’re totally right. If reparations needs to be paid, we need to go right back to the beginning of that supply chain and say, ‘who was rounding up their own people and having them handcuffed in cages? Absolutely. That’s where they should start. "
"And maybe, I don’t know, the descendants of those families where they died at the in the high seas trying to stop the slavery, that those families should receive something too I think at the same time."
A stunned Lemon could barely get a few words out before ending the interview.
"It's an interesting discussion," Lemon said. "Thank you so much, I appreciate it. We'll continue to discuss in the future."
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