Quote of the day, Feb. 27

William Wilberforce, on the slave trade (1789)

“I mean not to accuse any one, but to take the shame upon myself, in common, indeed, with the whole parliament of Great Britain, for having suffered this horrid [slave] trade to be carried on under their authority. We are all guilty—we ought all to plead guilty, and not to exculpate ourselves by throwing the blame on others; and I therefore deprecate every kind of reflection against the various descriptions of people who are more immediately involved in this wretched business … You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”

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