A thread on the British empire.

"At its height in 1922, the British empire governed a fifth of the world's population and a quarter of the world's total land area."

"In 1947, Cyril Radcliffe was tasked with drawing the border between India and the newly created state of Pakistan over the course of a single lunch."

"After Cyril Radcliffe split the subcontinent along religious lines, uprooting over 10 million people, Hindus in Pakistan and Muslims in India were forced to escape their homes as the situation quickly descended into violence."

"Thousands of elderly Kenyans, who claim mistreatment, rape and torture by British colonial forces during the Mau Mau uprising, have launched a £200m damages claim against the UK Government."

"The British empire distorted its colonies with boundary conflicts, failed to suppress civil strife, caused deliberate famines& siphoned off economic wealth..

It left behind a trail of ashes, burying nations in coffins before they gained independence"

"As it stands Britain is currently waging war on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen. Rarely, if ever, does the British media report on these conflicts. If they do, Britain’s true role is often mitigated or presented as heroic."
From 2015

"The story of benign imperialism, whose overriding purpose was not to seize land, labour and commodities but to teach the natives English, table manners and double-entry book-keeping, is a myth that has been carefully propagated by the rightwing press."

"1000s of documents detailing some of the most shameful acts&crimes committed during the final years of the British empire were systematically destroyed to prevent them falling into the hands of post-independence gvrnments an official review has concluded"
"The domestic records of colonial administrations did not form part of British public (i.e. official) records and they were kept by the individual states created at independence. It was however the general practice for the colonial.."
From 2011

"Administration to transfer to the United Kingdom, in accordance with Colonial Office instructions, shortly before independence, selected documents held by the Governor which were not appropriate to hand on to the successor Government."

"In Uganda, the process was codenamed Operation Legacy. In Kenya, a vetting process, described as "a thorough purge", was overseen by colonial Special Branch officers."
"Clear instructions were issued that no Africans were to be involved: only an individual who was "a servant of the Kenya government who is a British subject of European descent" could participate in the purge."
"Clear instructions were issued that no Africans were to be involved: only an individual who was "a servant of the Kenya government who is a British subject of European descent" could participate in the purge."
"British authorities, including Lord Kitchener on the scene& officials in the Foreign Office in London, were aware of the atrocities as they occurred and discussed the differing methods which could be used to keep the British public from learning of it and expressing its outrage"
British empire:

🟥 Rounded up 1.5 million Kenyans,
Including Obama's grandfather,& put them in concentration camp.
100,000 died.

🟥Up to 29 million Indians died under British rule, as we exported& stockpiled millions of tonnes of food from the country.

Former British PM Winston Churchill said, and I quote;

"I hate the Indians,
They are a beastly people with a beastly religion,
Their famine was their own fault for breeding like rabbits"

We put him on our £5 note.

I'd like to point out that I am anti war,
Not anti ex service people.

It's always our boys, working/"lower" class people, wherever you were born, sent to fight rich mens wars.

That's why our Soliders, Sailors And RAF,
WW2 heroes voted Churchill out when they got home.
"The defeat of the Jacobites also helped create the British Empire as we knew it. For whether we are happy about it or not, after Culloden, the vast majority of Scots accepted the Union & we played a huge part in creating that Empire, being to the fore in its most expansionist.."
"Phases such as the slave trade& the conquest of the Indian sub-continent.

The immediate hours after Culloden were appalling. By direct order of the Duke of Cumberland, soldiers of the Jacobite army, many of them wounded, were killed where they lay and stayed unburied.."
"By direct order of the Duke of Cumberland, soldiers of the Jacobite army, many of them wounded, were killed where they lay and stayed unburied at Culloden. Other wounded Jacobites were stripped& left to die of exposure"

"The Act of Proscription (1746) aimed to destroy the military power of the clans by banning traditional Highland dress, possession of arms and bagpipes – which were deemed to be an ‘instrument of war’."

"A number of Highland landowners who had supported the Jacobites had their estates forfeited as punishment."

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@akalamusic on the history of the blood soaked n word
"Those redskins were ripped from native heads, ripping apart families, tribes, the very essence of our tribal cultures.

Redskins. Grotesque in every sense of the word."

"Before it became known as Mt rushmore, the Lakota called this granite formation Tunkasila Sakpe Paha, or Six Grandfathers Mountain.

It was a place for prayer& devotion for the Native people of the Great Plains"
"Smallpox would not be introduced north of what is today Mexico for another century.

French & British settlers brought the disease to the fledgling New France and New England colonies,
followed by Dutch traders who would..spread it north & west"

“We proceeded systematically, village by village,
&We destroyed the houses,filled up the wells, blew down the towers, cut down the great shady trees, burned the crops&broke the reservoirs in punitive devastation.” —
Churchill on the British in Afghanistan https://medium.com/@write_12958/the-crimes-of-winston-churchill-c5e3ecb229b3?s=09
"After stealing $45 Trillion dollars from India, the British school system still does not teach their kids about the sufferings of the colonized.

What's worse is how they misrepresent Hinduism in their curriculum which spreads hatred for Hindus in UK. "

Source @missionkaali
"Keep India united if you can,
If not, save something from the wreck.
In any case,
Get Britain out"
"We learned your French,
We learned your English,
We learned your Spanish,
Your dutch, your Portuguese, your German,

You call us, stupid.
That's white privilege" @Kyla_Lacey
"It is thinking Africa is one nation,

It's people say Black people destroyed neighborhoods,
But forgetting that White people have destroyed continents" @Kyla_Lacey
"The forcible removal of indigenous children from their families was a result of various government policies of assimilation which assumed black inferiority and white superiority."

"The objective of these policies was for indigenous people to be allowed to "die out" through a process of natural elimination, or where possible, be assimilated into the white community."

"The generations of children removed from their homes and families became known as the Stolen Generations and the legacy of trauma and loss continues to haunt many Aboriginal families until today." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-53436225
"Their cultures had developed over 60,000 years, making Indigenous Australians the custodians of the world’s most ancient living culture. Each group lived in close relationship with the land and had custody over their own traditional country"

"In 1770, during his first Pacific voyage, Lieutenant James Cook claimed possession of the east coast of Australia for the British Crown
Upon his return to Britain, Cook’s reports inspired the establishment of a penal colony in the newly claimed territory"
"The new settlement was designed to alleviate overcrowding in British prisons, expand the Empire, assert Britain’s claim to the territory against other colonial powers, and establish a British base in the global South"

"The colonisation of Australia had a devastating impact on Indigenous people, who have lived on this land for thousands of years."

"For centuries there was no such conflict.
In the 19th century the land of Palestine was inhabited by a multicultural population – approximately 86% Muslim,
10% Christian, and
4% Jewish– living in peace."

"The declaration specifically stipulated that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine."

"Of the almost 200 current member states (and one observer state) of the United Nations, the British have, at some point in history, invaded and established a military presence in 171 of them."

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"Secretly, slave owners would impregnate enslaved women and when the child was born and grew to an age where he could work on the fields, they would take the “very same children (of their) own blood and make slaves out of them,”
"Records show that black men and women have lived in Britain in small numbers since at least the 12th century, but it was the empire that caused their numbers to swell exponentially in the 17th and 18th centuries."

"As the British empire expanded, African and Afro-Caribbean slaves were ferried across the seas to work on plantations in the Caribbean or the Americas, where they had to do back-breaking labour all their lives under the scalding sun."

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"Ministers in London were aware of the torture& murder of Mau Mau insurgents..
Including a case of aman said to have been "roasted alive"& papers detailing the lengths to which the UK went to forcibly remove islanders from Diego Garcia"
"After growing up in a Zimbabwe convulsed by the legacy of colonialism, when I got to Oxford I realised how many British people still failed to see how empire had shaped lives like mine – as well as their own"

Cecil Rhodes.

"The British establishment, landowners were determined to stamp out any form of organised protests. So when the local squire and landowner, James Frampton, caught wind of a group of his workers forming a union, he sought to stamp it out."

"While they certainly had grievances with Britain, the Colonists enjoyed one the highest standards of living in the world, relatively high religious tolerance, and one of the most representative forms of government."

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