REPARATIONS: DO OUR GOVERNMENTS REALLY WANT REPARATIONS FOR THE PEOPLE OR DO THEY ONLY WANT THE MONEY?

As we continue our focus on Reparations we continually want to shine a light on Self Reparations. In our previous feature we covered a number of points as it relates to steps we can take to advance the empowerment of our people.

We at OAH would like to add to this by calling for the respective Reparation Task Forces that have been activated to gather information on atrocities done to us during the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and the effects of this that we live with today, to also address issues of atrocities being done to our people by our people.

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An example of this would be the manner in which the Commission for Pan African Affairs is being dealt with by the government of Barbados who is a major role player in his call for Reparations. Why do some of our governments that support the call for reparations  put stumbling blocks in the way of  Black Business men and women? Why are no or little adjustments being made to address the sort comings of our legal and educational systems?

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How can we seek economic compensation from Europe whilst orchestrating economic terror on our own people. There has to be a call to accountability for all those governments and civil activist who have openly supported the call for Reparations.

QUESTIONS:

1.SHOULD REPARATION TASK FORCES BE MANDATED TO BRING INTO FOCUS ISSUES THAT RELATE TO THE HINDRANCE OF  OUR SELF REPAIR?

2.SHOULD REPARATION TASK FORCES BE  PRESSURE GROUPS OF SORTS TO GET GOVERNMENTS TO ADDRESS ISSUES RELATED TO OUR SELF REPAIR

Your answers are of great value to us as this magazine will uncover the ultimate intent of the people leading the reparations charge here in the Caribbean and with assistance from you call them to account. OAH is here to echo your voices. Let us be wise and act as such.

Again all comments/answers are crucial to our development.

 

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  1. Task Forces should address the historic wrong done in 1833/34/38 where compensation or reparations were given to those white people who enslave black people. They got 20 million pounds, which is worth about 200 billion dollars today. That should be the primary focus of the Task Forces — TO CORRECT THAT HISTORICAL WRONG. Having said that, the Task Forces should also address all current issues hindering Black people’s self repair. And this should go as far back as possible. I would say all governments from 1838 to present must be held accountable for wrong doings against black people in each Caribbean country. None must be spared.

  2. Simba Simba, this is what many of us in SVG have been calling for since CARICOM declared its intention to seek reparations from Europeans while some of their heads of state members are perpetuating similar ills against its people.. This is like rubbing salt in the gaping wounds that some of us like Bigger Bigs have had to endure…

    Was Saint Vincent and the Grenadines represented at this event and in any case how do we “activate” our local reparations commission to “gather information on atrocities done to us during the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and the effects of this that we live with today, to also address issues of atrocities being done to our people by our people.”

    This is critical if this movement is to truly represent the people for whom this reparations call should be about.. By the way Simba Simba, do you happen to know who the chairman of the SVG reparations committee is?

    Thanks for sharing on Global Highlights FB page!!

  3. 1. There is need for discussion and subsequent discovery of the said colonial remnants which serve to perpetuate the system of our former enslavers.

    2.The formation of collectives specifically charged with lobbying and bringing to focus the common social, economic,olitical and psychological ailments prevailing in the Afrikan community is necessary. Such lobbying will support all legal machinations in support of Reparations.

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  4. Caribbean governments have never been interested in reparations. It has never been a topic of a general elections campaign, neither part of the articulation of the goals of nation or region building. The 2007 bicentennial of the abolition of the british slave trade opened some space to pick up the WCAR agenda and it was politic to make fine statements. The demand and push for reparations has always come from a relay of tireless activists. We have to continue to push, motivate our people who are afraid of what reparation means, and make this an electoral issue. Stop voting for illusions.
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    1. @ Keturah Babb, to make reparations an electoral issue in order to “motivate our people who are afraid of what reparation means” is a novel idea but I just wonder the modality of getting it as part an election manifesto in any of our CARICOM states.

  5. If we demand to put this in the election manifesto of the political parties, it will be the downfall of many political parties since many of them don’t want it. This is a good idea since we will see the real leaders, the real people’s parties and the false ones will be quickly exposed. The reparations movement should demand this of the political parties in the Caribbean. I can’t wait to see this demand become a public item to judge these so-called political parties. I hope this demand soon come.

  6. It appears politically useful to cite reparations for wrongs done prior to 1838. However, it does ignore continued oppression through to independence and on to now. Recent examples are the ACP’s sugar and banana agreements with colonial governments, our own governments’ continuing policy of police brutality and general abuse of human rights. So, its easy to point to 1838 and we should, but its a bit hypocritical to ignore subsequent abuse. Governments have not demonstrated a capacity to deal with the issue before or after 1838. Instead they add reparations due indigenous people and indentured servants. All have legitimate claims. But lumping them together only serves to confuse. We can all move in the same direction and make identical claims, but our histories are particular and our reparation ought to be too.

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