How slaveholders in the Caribbean maintained control

Christer Petley is professor of history at the University of Southampton in the UK. His latest book is White Fury: A Jamaican Slaveholder and the Age of Revolution (2018).

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UN Observes International Remembrance of Slave Trade

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots

— Marcus Garvey

Washington, DC, August 23, 2018 — The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) announces the launch of a global news feature series on the history, contemporary realities and implications of the […]

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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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Capitalism—a system born of slavery

A map of the transatlantic slave trade

People across the political spectrum acknowledge that racism exists, but its origins are shrouded in mystery—deliberately so.

Racism is presented as if it has […]

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Reparations Action Plan For Activists, Organizations and Governments

David Comissiong
July 2018

1. Acquire and inculcate in ourselves, our people, our institutions, and our Governments a deep knowledge of our history.

2. Systematically identify, expose, and root out all still existing structural and institutional discriminatory practices and built-in obstacles to the advancement of Black or African people in our nations and in the international arena.

3. Consciously […]

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UK Minister Continues to Ignore the Crimes of Slavery

(A joint statement from the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) and the Centre for Reparation Research (CRR)

June 26, 2018

In a recent column published in the Jamaica Observer newspaper, UK Minister Lord Tariq Ahmad, said it was his honour, as minister of state for the Caribbean and the Commonwealth, “to join in celebrating the achievements of […]

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Bert Samuels And Anthony Gifford | Reparation Phase Two: What Are The Damages?

In the years in which reparation advocates have been active in the campaign for reparation for native genocide, African enslavement and post-colonial harm, some remarkable advances have been made.

The Jamaican Parliament has passed a historic bipartisan motion calling for reparation to be made to Jamaica by the United Kingdom for the crimes against humanity which […]

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