Vice Chancellor calls for reparation payment to descendants of slaves

Vice Chancellor, University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, speaking on the topic ‘Faked Emancipation, Insincere Independence, Reparatory Justice: A 21st Century Paradigm for Economic Growth’ at a symposium held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies, on October 11.
“Britain needs to be brought to the table to discuss the process of reparation, and if we can take this conversation to the higher level and make these demands… then these should become the basis of a summit.” – Professor Hilary Beckles
Vice Chancellor, University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has renewed the call for reparations valuing £76 billion be paid to the descendants of enslaved people of the Caribbean by former European slave-trading nation, Britain.

“The £20 million that they paid to the slave owners should have been paid to the enslaved. We have to make a claim to that money. We have an entitlement to that £20 million that was paid in 1834 (which) today values £76 billion,” he said.

Professor Beckles made the call while speaking on the topic ‘Faked Emancipation, Insincere Independence, Reparatory Justice: A 21st Century Paradigm for Economic Growth’ at a symposium held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies, on October 11.

The Professor, who is also Chair of the CARICOM Reparation Commission, further suggested that the Caribbean’s bilateral debt should be offset against the £76 billion.

Read more at: Jamaica Information Service 

PM Stuart holds reparations discussions

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (at head of table), listens attentively to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, during the meeting. To Ambassador LaRocque’s right is Programme Manager for Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Hilary Brown. (Photo via RB/BGIS)
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (at head of table), listens attentively to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, during the meeting. To Ambassador LaRocque’s right is Programme Manager for Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Hilary Brown. (Photo via RB/BGIS)

Strategies to further the region’s reparations agenda were the focus of discussion when Prime Minister Freundel Stuart met recently in Bridgetown, Barbados, with Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles; and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

Mr. Stuart, who is the Chairman of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Reparations for Native Genocide and Slavery, received a progress report on the reparations efforts, and suggested several approaches to advancing the region’s agenda.

Ambassador LaRocque stated that some progress had been witnessed since the last Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee meeting, and noted that several of the National Committees established around the region were “mostly active and eager to move forward”.

 


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In emotional service, Jesuits and Georgetown repent for slave trading

“We express our solemn contrition for our participation in slavery, and the benefit our institution received. We cannot hide from this truth, bury this truth, ignore this truth. Slavery remains the original evil in our republic, an evil that our university was complicit in.” – President, Georgetown University, John DeGioia
(CNN) There is wide gulf, Frederick Douglass wrote in 1845, between Christianity proper and the “slaveholding religion of this land.” One is “good, pure and holy,” the other corrupt and wicked, the “climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds.”

“We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries and cradle-plunderers for church members,” Douglass wrote in “Life of an American Slave.”

For Douglass, as for other African-Americans, the sin of slavery was intolerable; the complicity of Christians unforgivable.

On both counts, the Jesuit order, one of the Catholic Church’s most powerful group of priests, (Pope Francis is a member) was guilty. In the United States and elsewhere, the Society of Jesus owned and sold slaves.

 

Read more at: CNN

New ACS Secretary General to deliver inaugural reparations lecture

Ambassador June Soomer
Ambassador Dr. June Soomer

Saint Lucia will take the reparations message to the rest of the Caribbean next week when one of its foremost scholars will deliver an inaugural lecture in an educational series to be launched here on Wednesday.

The new Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) Ambassador Dr June Soomer will deliver a live public lecture on the topic The Reparations Movement: ‘A Ragtag Collection of Racial Malcontents Matching to the Beat of Their Own Drum’.

A former Saint Lucia Ambassador to CARICOM and the OECS, Dr Soomer is expected to draw the link between Slavery and Emancipation, Garvey and his struggle for Repatriation. She is also expected to explain why it is important for Saint Lucians and Caribbean people to support and carry on the CARICOM quest for Reparations for Britain, France and other European states for Slavery and Native Genocide in the Caribbean.

Read more at: Saint Lucia News online

Reparations baton heads to Saint Lucia

The CARICOM Regional Reparations Baton will arrive in Saint Lucia next week, for a formal transfer of the travelling beacon of the regional reparations movement.

Sponsored by the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC), the wooden baton is being taken across the Caribbean Community to the nine National Reparations Committees (NRCs) established to help national governments pursue CARICOM’s quest for reparations from Britain and other European States that benefitted from slavery and native genocide.

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