We are not begging! That’s the word from Programme Manager, Culture and Community Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Hilary Brown in her remarks at a Reparations Rally held at the Derek Walcott Square in Castries Saint Lucia on Saturday. The event was preceded by a Reparations relay that was anchored by three time Olympian Levern Spencer.
We are not living in the past; we are claiming what is rightly ours that was lost or stolen from us. And most of all what we lost was our right to culture and identity, to loving and appreciating who we are; it was the ideology of racism that we have inherited from centuries of oppression, which denigrates and devalues everything black and everything African, said Dr. Brown
According to Dr. Brown, the CARICOM Reparations Commission sees the persistent racial victimization of the descendants of slavery and genocide as the root cause of their suffering today and sees this history of slavery and colonialism as the primary cause of development failure in the Caribbean. She said this was the reason the Commission has outlined a Caribbean Reparatory Justice Ten Point Action Plan. She said the plan would address the deficiencies inherited from these periods of oppression.
A Ten point Action Plan to address the health and education crisis, the identity and self hatred crisis, the debt crisis, science and technology crisis and the persistent poverty of people of African descent and those of the indigenous people. A Ten point Action Plan to improve our knowledge and appreciation of our heritage and of the African continent and to facilitate repatriation of our people. This is what Reparations is all about.