Entdinglichung

… alle Verhältnisse umzuwerfen, in denen der Mensch ein erniedrigtes, ein geknechtetes, ein verlassenes, ein verächtliches Wesen ist … (Marx)

William Wilberforce – Sklavenhalter und Kolonialist

Posted by entdinglichung - 22. Juli 2010

William Wilberforce stellt in Britannien speziell für die Mitte der Gesellschaft eine wichtige Integrationsfigur dar: ein „konservativer Reformer“ (und keine radikale Schmuddelfigur) und Gegner des Sklavenhandels, auf den mensch sich berufen kann, um zu zeigen, dass „unsereins damals gar nicht so schlimm war“ … und nun sowas (gefunden auf Ekklesia):

für Wilberforce und Konsorten viel zu radikal: Ein Text von Benjamin Lay

„New evidence has come to light which suggests that the evangelical campaigner William Wilberforce was involved in slavery, despite his successful campaign to abolish the transatlantic trade.

The claim that Wilberforce was actually implicated in slave trading and used slave labour himself following abolition, is made in a new book about the Clapham Sect – a small but influential group of south London social reformers and evangelical Christians – which included Wilberforce. Prominent in pre-Victorian Britain, they campaigned for the abolition of slavery and promoted missionary work at home and abroad.

The group centred on the church of John Venn, rector of Clapham. As well as Wilberforce, its members included Henry Thornton, Zachary Macaulay, Hannah More and James Stephen.

The author, Stephen Tomkins, depicts the story of the group as one of a web of family relations. Woven into the account of the characters is their famous campaign against the slave trade, and how they founded the British colony in Sierra Leone and the British and Foreign Bible Societies.

They also founded and funded many schools and privately gave away vast sums of money to people in need. They campaigned against vice and attempted to regulate prostitution and reform prisons.

Tomkins has however, also uncovered new evidence that Wilberforce was implicated in slave trading and used slave labour himself after the abolition of the trade. He was even doing so in the abolitionist colony of Sierra Leone, which he (and the Clapham Sect) had helped establish.

The facts are contained within Colonial Office papers for Sierra Leone.“

Mehr zur Kritik der Segnungen des britischen Kolonialismus bei Ofenschlot

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