Petition to Shut Down Leftist Newspaper The Guardian Over Slavery Links Goes Viral
Liberal news outlet faces backlash from cancel culture
The UK's liberal left-leaning newspaper The Guardian is facing the brunt of 'cancel culture' that it regularly champions after 12,000 people signed a petition to have it shut down due to historical links to slavery.
The pro-Black Lives Matter newspaper reportedly sided with the Confederate states during the American Civil War, which helped spark the backlash.
The Change.org petition has now gone viral and amassed 12,000 signatures.
The petition has been fueled by the accusations against the newspaper for its hypocrisy of supporting BLM while having a history connected to slavery.
The news comes a week after London's famous memorial statue of Sir. Winston Churchill was vandalized by Black Lives Matter rioters.
The newspaper published articles admitting that not only did it print anti-Lincoln propaganda, but said Manchester’s working-class mill workers, who refused to touch plantation cotton, should be effectively subjected to slavery themselves and forced back to work.
The Manchester Guardian was founded in 1821 by John Edward Taylor, who profited from cotton plantation slavery, according to Guido Fawkes.
After his death, the newspaper made money from the slave-backing cotton mill owners of Manchester who paid for advertising.
In 2017, Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner admitted:
It [The Manchester Guardian] even sided with the slave-owning South in the American civil war: the paper demanded that the Manchester cotton workers who starved in the streets because they refused to touch cotton picked by American slaves should be forced back into work. (Abraham Lincoln wrote to the “working men of Manchester” in 1863 to thank them for their “sublime Christian heroism, which has not been surpassed in any age or in any country.”)
The Guardian published a letter in 2008 revealing that the newspaper had printed confederate propaganda against Abraham Lincoln in October 1862.
It wrote, “it was an evil day both for America and the world when he was chosen President of the United States.”
According to The Sun, the liberal newspaper in 1863, claimed President Lincoln had “no desire to abolish slavery except as a means of extrication from the difficulties of government.”
I do think this(beautifully honest) confession of the SuperWoke Guardian's support for the slave-owning Confederacy (and its furious loathing for Lincoln) in the American Civil War is one of the great discoveries of the day https://t.co/g1JZhcCcfy . 'Who shall 'scape whipping?'— Peter Hitchens (@ClarkeMicah) June 12, 2020
“Nor is Mr. Lincoln’s re-election by fraud, violence, and intimidation rendered a matter of comparatively small importance solely by the fact that it reveals nothing with respect to the real wishes and thoughts of the majority of his fellow countrymen,” The Manchester Guardian wrote 18 months later.
After President Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, The Manchester Guardian said, “of his rule, we can never speak except as a series of acts abhorrent to every true notion of constitutional right and human liberty.”
London Assembly member David Kurten weighed in on the petition:
“The Guardian was founded using money from slave labour. By its own logic, it should abolish itself.”
The Guardian was founded using money from slave labour. By its own logic, it should abolish itself. https://t.co/yYNPKZyBhg— David Kurten (@davidkurten) June 15, 2020
Guardian associate editor Martin Kettle scrambled to write a pandering apology claiming that “support for the south was anything but unusual among liberal and progressive 1860s Britain”.