Whoopi Goldberg has demanded an apology from the British Royal Family for slavery.
The 66-year-old actress has slammed Britain’s historic ties to the slave trade and the empire, and she has demanded an apology from the monarchy in the wake of widespread condemnation of the monarchy’s previous actions.
‘Britain drove ram shod over India for years,’ she claimed on The View this week. When we talk about what needs to happen, don’t forget about all the people who need to apologize.
‘Wait a minute, this isn’t something new. When Charles was in Barbados, I believe he had some inkling since he went on to apologize as he was releasing Britain’s grasp.
‘Perhaps someone is listening, and it’s the new bunch of people – I’m not sure if it’s Charles or William, but one of them,’ says the narrator.
Her remarks follow Prince William’s description of the slave trade as “abhorrent” and “deep grief,” though he did not directly apologize for the Royal Family’s role in it.
Protests greeted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they arrived in Jamaica, which has ‘already begun’ the process of deposing the Queen as head of state.
Members of Jamaica’s Rastafarian community accused the royals of profiting from the country’s ‘blood, tears, and labor.’
William addressed the forced transportation of millions of people from Africa to the Caribbean and North America during his speech at a luncheon on the fifth day of the couple’s Caribbean vacation, a practice that British rulers either encouraged or profited from during the 17th and 18th centuries.
He echoed his father Prince Charles’ previous statements, describing the slave trade as a “appalling evil” that “stains our history.”
However, unlike Charles, who addressed the problem on a recent trip to Barbados, the future king did not offer a direct apology.
‘I fully agree with my father, the Prince of Wales, who declared in Barbados last year that slavery is a stain on our history that will never be erased,’ William said.
‘I’d like to send my heartfelt condolences. Slavery was despicable. And it should never have happened in the first place. Jamaica continues to construct its future with tenacity, resilience, and fortitude, despite the sorrow.
‘The Jamaican people’s strength and unified sense of purpose, as reflected in your flag and motto, commemorate an unbreakable spirit.’