As for Ms Alibhai-Brown's history, why does it begin four or five hundred years ago, when the first boats left this continent's shores? History didn't begin with colonialism. The world's events were not shaped purely by nasty white men exploiting the poor, unsuspecting natives. The current religious tensions in India originate from Muslim conquests long before the British got their hands on the country. Other nations and societies have had the colonial bug. Those Africans in the Roman army weren't invited here.
An apologetic concentration on one era is in danger of perpetuating racial tensions in this country and beyond. How convenient it is to stereotype people as the oppressed and oppressor by race. Life is more complicated than that.
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