Charlene White, 41, learned on the ITV documentary Empire’s Child last year that her five times great-grandfather was a slave owner. In the documentary the Loose Women star is astonished by her connections to the British Empire and has taken to Twitter to hit back at claims she “profited from the slave trade”.
Charlene took to Twitter yesterday evening to call out those who believe she profited from the slave trade.
In view of her 62,400 followers, she penned: “All wknd a few folk with nowt better to do were furiously tweeting to ‘out’ me for ‘profiting’ from the slave trade. (sic)
“Why? Cos my slave-ancestors birthed kids belonging to slave ownerrs. Kids who were born slaves. (sic)
“Is there a British education system complaints dept?!” (sic)
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“Is it a nice history? No, but I feel it is something I needed to know.”
The documentary follows the news presenter as she comes to terms with some of the more uncomfortable parts of her family history.
The Loose Women presenter was joined by several members of her immediate family to unlock the secrets of their heritage.
In the documentary, Charlene met up with genealogist Dianne Golding-Frankson to find out more about Stanbury.