A very insightful article. I found it a challenging read, not because of your premise that BBC et al. are disseminating cultural propaganda. What I found uncomfortable was what I felt was a generalisation about Caribbean Blacks, believing that they are superior to Africa Blacks. Yes, there is a considerable element of truth in this; it stems from some of the Caribbean people thinking that they are inferior to whites. Many blacks in the Caribbean absorbed the idea that the whiter you are, the more civilised and human you are. Colourism is a big issue in the Caribbean. The process of dehumanising blacks in the Caribbean involved making them believed that they were less than human.
There is also the reverse point of view, which I have experienced from African friends in the United Kingdom. Some believe that Black Caribbeans are inferior because they have lost touch with their ancestry. They have nowhere they can call home. Some of my friends have also commented that they are sick of being associated with the black diaspora. I respect their point of view. There is more to Africa than slavery. However, one has to acknowledge that contemporary racism originates from the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Regarding the origins of slaves in Africa, there is a comprehensive archive at the Archive Museum in Kew, London. Slaves were treated by the British as any other commodity. The slaves were sub-human. The British kept a detailed inventory of where the slaves were from and the traders. Yes, many of the slaves were acquire from mercenaries, who forcibly captured the slaves. Because the slaves were not humans, the British, one can argue, had no reason to present prejudicial data.
The Arabs were trading in slaves long before the European colonialists. There is little evidence of this in the Middle East due to the practice of infanticide.
In the United Kingdom, there are also divisions between first-generation black migrants and more recent migrants. The Children of the first generation migrants experienced a lot of discrimination and prejudice. The constant struggle to be seen and accepted as human left many disillusioned. Subsequent generations of black migrants with little understanding of the experiences of first-generation migrants labelled them as lazy, delinquents, scourgers etc. The rationale they use to support these beliefs is that you have access to free education, social welfare why don’t you use this to advance yourself. Malcolm Gladwell makes a similar observation of some whites Americans towards ‘native’ black Americans.
I found it enlightening reading Malcolm Gladwell’s essay Black Like Them. He addresses how the white majority sows divisions amount the different ethnic groups in the United States. Other influential voices on the attitudes of Blacks migrants from the Caribbean include the political philosopher Frantz Fanon.
There is also a troubling issue in the United Kingdom of the Windrush Generation. I have a problem identifying with many because they invest so much of their identity in being British. They are a group who experienced racism and discrimination, yet still, they do not appear to acknowledge this. They were one of the most Pro-British groups and believed in the British Empire.
I’m not fond of the BBC. The BBC is the voice of the British establishment. The idea of the BBC being a voice of reason is a myth; this belief promotes British superiority and the British spreading civilisation worldwide. The BBC today is being forced to become the voice of the Conservative Party.
I can respect your point of view. I cannot say I know how you feel because your feelings stem from your personal experiences. I have had similar experiences, and yes, I found them very upsetting.