Kauthar Bouchallikt, a Dutch Muslim MP of Moroccan descent and the first MP to wear a hijab in the Dutch parliament, not only called for the Netherlands to apologize for its participation in slavery, but also alluded to wanting the Dutch government to pay reparations to go along with a potential apology.
Hey Kauthar, how about asking your own Moroccan relatives to apologize and pay reparations? Morocco’s Arabs and Berbers were heavily involved in the trans-Sahara slave trade for 13 centuries. Deep into the 20th century, owning black slaves in Morocco was a sign of prestige. Black women were taken as concubines and domestics and Black men worked in the fields, herded animals, or served as domestics.
Late nineteenth century Marrakesh market statistics suggest that Morocco as a whole was then not only the largest outlet in North Africa for Black slaves traded across the Sahara, but was buying far more than ever before. Following partly‐effective European abolitionist measures and other pressures, patterns of the Saharan slave trade underwent many changes from about 1840 onwards, with more slaves diverted from central desert markets to Morocco.