Slave descendant’s genetic quest leads to African apology

African-American businessman William Holland’s ancestors were subjected to slavery in Virginia — but they were handed over into slavery by Africans. Now a descendant of those tribespeople has issued a formal apology to Holland for his ancestors’ role in the 18th-century slave trade.

The head chieftain for the Cameroonian town of Bakou, Ngako Ngalatchui, told NBC News that he signed the statement on Saturday.

“We are sorry and issue an official apology for our involvement and the involvement of our ancestors in the horrible institution of transatlantic slavery,” the statement read. “The United States of America, France, and the United Kingdom should issue similar formal apologies for this evil institution that broke up families and caused generational hardships that continue to the present day.”

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  • JonathanByers Posted August 29, 2014 1:03 pm

    I agree that the US and UK and even France should issue a formal RECOGNITION and apology. I mean, they act like it never happened, and when forced to acknowledge it they say “It’s in the past”. Yeah, well, the past has strong bearings on the present, and if it continues to go unnoticed, where does that leave us?

  • Seb Posted December 3, 2014 1:21 am

    On May 21st 2001, the French parliament adopted a law officialy acknowledging France's past involvement in slavery and recognizing it as a crime against humanity (law number 2001-434). It was preceded by a law voted on June 30th 1983 (number 83-550) indirectly acknowledging France's involvment in the slave trade.

    That is not to say that you can't find French people who will deny or belittle the fact.

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