Don Lemon asks guest about Royal Family reparations for slavery and her response has him GOBSMACKED!

Lemon spoke to global business consultant Hilary Fordwich about how the Queen's demise came amid an economic crisis in the UK

Don Lemon asks guest about Royal Family reparations for slavery and her response has him GOBSMACKED!
CNN anchor Don Lemon asked British pundit Hilary Fordwich whether the royal family owed reparations for slavery (Twitter/@tomselliot)
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CNN anchor Don Lemon was trolled after he appeared to be caught off-guard by the response of a British royal commentator after he pressed her on the issue of whether the royal family needed to pay reparations for slavery on Tuesday, September 20.

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in modern history, died on September 8 at the age of 96. More than 2,000 VIPs from across the globe traveled to London for her state funeral on Monday, September 19, including world leaders and foreign royals, to see the late sovereign's coffin being carried up the same aisle she walked to marry Prince Philip nearly 76 years before. As Britain continued to mourn the loss, Lemon spoke to global business consultant Hilary Fordwich about how the Queen's demise comes as "England is facing rising costs of living, a living crisis, austerity budget cuts, and so on.”

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“And then you have those who are asking for reparations for colonialism, and they’re wondering, you know, $100 billion, $24 billion here and there, $500 million there,” Lemon continued. “Some people want to be paid back, and members of the public are wondering, ‘Why are we suffering when you are, you know, you have all of this vast wealth?’ Those are legitimate concerns.”

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“Well, I think you’re right about reparations in terms of if people want it, though, what they need to do is you always need to go back to the beginning of a supply chain,” Fordwich responded. “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 world to abolish it, started by William Wilberforce, was the British. In Great Britain, they abolished slavery.”

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English reformer William Wilberforce, painted by John Russell, holding a copy of the 'Slavetrade Abolition Bill'.
circa 1810: English reformer William Wilberforce, painted by John Russell, holding a copy of the 'Slavetrade Abolition Bill' (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

“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 in cages waiting on the beaches. No one was running into Africa to get them,” she continued. “And I think you’re totally right. If reparations need 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." She added, "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.”

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Lemon appeared to be at a loss for words after Fordwich's response and scrambled to end the interview. "It’s an interesting discussion, Hilary," he said. "Thank you, very much. I appreciate it. We’ll continue to discuss in the future."

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Conservatives on social media were rather amused with the exchange.

"Ok, this is amazing," right-wing pundit Allie Beth Stuckey tweeted. "Don Lemon brings up the need for slave reparations from the royal family. His guest says, yes, people should be demanding reparations… from the African leaders who sold them into slavery."

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"Sure s*x is great, but have you seen the look on @donlemon's face after getting utterly REKT on-air on slavery reparations?" investor Jason Howerton quipped.

"He wasn’t ready," Blaze TV host Chad Prather added.

"Oops...he wasn’t expecting THAT answer," someone else wrote. "Good for her...besides who decides who gets any money and how much...if my dad's 3rd cousin half-sister is 1/4 black...how much do I get ??" 

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"Great response. Another reminder to people crying out for reparations, every race of every nationality has been a victim of slavery at some point in history," another chimed in. 


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