Princeton’s case for reparations

“Enslaved African Americans built the modern United States, and indeed the entire modern world, in ways both obvious and hidden.”

― Edward E. Baptist, “The Half Has […]

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What Became of the Taíno?

Taíno leader Francisco “Panchito” Ramírez Rojas offers a prayer to the sea near Baracoa on Cuba’s eastern coast. (Maggie Steber)Read more: the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only […]

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Infinity of Nations

Native mariners discovered the Caribbean thousands of years before Columbus arrived. When Spanish ships landed at Guanahani, on October 12, 1492, the Greater Antilles were densely inhabited by diverse Native peoples. Speaking several languages, they lived in independent and self-sufficient communities. Centuries earlier, large Taíno chiefdoms had expanded over several islands, establishing a sphere of […]

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John Brown: he fought for slaves’ freedom

“John Brown’s body lies a-mouldrin’in the grave, John Brown’s body lies a-mouldrin’in the grave, John Brown’s body lies a-mouldrin’in the grave, But his soul goes marching on.”

John Brown in […]

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An empire bathed in blood: when Britannia ruled the waves

In a desperate bid to head off a Scottish Yes vote, David Cameron evoked a mythical British Empire that had given democracy to the poor and freedom to the slaves. Here Ken Olende looks back at what life was really like when Britannia ruled the waves.

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CRC Retreat

Members of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) representing national reparations committees and councils from across the region met recently at the Regional HQ of […]

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