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Why turn down an MBE, OBE or a knighthood?

"We have to look at the legacy that we leave for our children." This is why footballer and anti-racism campaigner Howard Gayle said no to an MBE.

12/06/2019 08:09updated: 02/07/2019 13:04
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  • Veronica R.
    25/06/2019 14:04

    Excuse me the slave trade in Africa existed long before the white colonials arrived there, and it was the Arabs and conquering Black tribes that sold off the unwanted black populace.....the English slave traded Irish people long before they started in the black slave trade...they just jumped on the band wagon once they saw how well the Arabs were doing .....

  • Alex C.
    25/06/2019 20:38

    Very well said and good on him for refusing the MBE

  • Alan J.
    26/06/2019 09:10

    Wasn't Liverpool one of the main slave trading ports of the world

  • Sue M.
    26/06/2019 12:17

    We can't change the past but we can work together to change the future

  • Joseph T.
    26/06/2019 12:33

    Forgets it was the British that abolished slavery when it still happens in Africa and also doesn't mention who sold the slaves to the British and everyone else yeah Africans

  • Jon C.
    26/06/2019 13:03

    Who is he ???

  • Michael W.
    26/06/2019 15:14

    I respect the man's principles, but I for one do not believe we should have to apologise for what happened in a different time over a 130 years ago

  • Martin B.
    26/06/2019 16:28

    History is history can’t do anything about now so get on with your life which is very short

  • Martin B.
    26/06/2019 17:37

    History is history can’t do anything about now so get on with your life which is very short

  • Gerry S.
    26/06/2019 18:12

    Can Howard Gayle give us an opinion in the fact there's a rape every 6 seconds in SA, and can someone updated him on the history of slavery, it was in full flow long before the" whites" arrived in Africa, being traded by the Zulus and Arabs, the people screaming about compensation should direct their claims where it all began

  • Paul S.
    26/06/2019 21:07

    Every county in the world has engaged in some form of slavery and Africa is no exception, time to look at what the British empire did to stop this trade rather than constantly being told how bad we are.

  • David H.
    26/06/2019 22:33

    What does he think Muslims think of this country

  • Paul S.
    27/06/2019 05:26

    Every county in the world has engaged in some form of slavery and Africa is no exception, time to look at what the British empire did to stop this trade rather than constantly being told how bad we are.

  • Jamie C.
    27/06/2019 06:27

    I hate to b that person but he's got his facts wrong, the blacks in Africa were the worst for selling off slaves, sure Britain had a role just like most country's did but it was Britain that abolished slavery in the 1800's u just need to look to Africa now they're still trading in slaves so what does that tell u?

  • Vincent F.
    27/06/2019 08:31

    He was a shite footballer usually a sub had a bit of pace not known for his intellect

  • Kyan K.
    27/06/2019 10:27

    Don’t worry the Arabs had a slave trade as the Barbary pirates and they took an estimated 1million Europeans over the course of 400 odd years and they somehow ended up working with jack ward a scumbag from an English town called faversham 😂😂 so black people don’t own the slave card they were just the last group of people to have it

  • David M.
    27/06/2019 10:43

    Bore off ffs

  • Hamish W.
    27/06/2019 13:31

    Going for the I'm a victim card i think .....cant change the past ......hell should i start moaning about the Highland clearances the ethnic cleansing and famine in Scotland ? Look foreward not backwards that aint the way you are going .

  • Andrew D.
    27/06/2019 16:12

    There’s slave ships still moving between Africa and the Arab nations.

  • Gabby C.
    27/06/2019 16:41

    Wasn’t Africa trading and using slaves 1000 years before the British empire? I mean, the Pyramids weren’t built by contractors were they?