In light of the recent global anti-slavery and anti-colonial protests led by the Black Lives Matter movement, a burning issue that has not been prominently addressed is that of reparations for the victims of these two evil scourges in the Caribbean, the Americas, and Africa. How can Western nations who enslaved and colonised black people […]
About two years ago, Samuel L. Jackson, the Hollywood titan, was presented with an idea to take part in a documentary about the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Slavery, of course, was not a new topic of scholarship, and Hollywood had already done a lot on the subject. But he discussed it with his wife, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, […]
When the infamous Zong trial began in 1783, it laid bare the toxic relationship between finance and slavery. It was an unusual and distressing insurance claim – concerning a massacre of 133 captives, thrown overboard the Zong slave ship.
The slave trade pioneered a new kind of finance, secured on the bodies of the powerless. Today, […]
‘Regional and Revealing, Upbeat and Uplifting!’
CASTRIES Saint Lucia, Thursday September 24, 2020:– The Saint Lucia National Reparations Committee (NRC) is promising an inaugural lecture in its schools that will be regional in content and purely Caribbean in character, with Saint Lucian and Caribbean students – and teachers – to get a first indication of how […]
By Susanna Rustin (The Guardian)
The UK continues the fiction that racial exploitation is in the past, says Matthew Smith. He hopes his London appointment will help change that
Matthew Smith did not plan to quit Jamaica. Until last year the historian, who previously headed the history and archaeology department of the University of the West […]
by Isheka N. Harrison
A Boston University professor is making her pro-reparations stance clear. In a, op-ed published Sept. 16 in BU Today (the school’s newspaper), Dr. Joyce Hope Scott is challenging America to not only own its original sin, but to also count and pay the cost.
Entitled “It’s Time for Reparations and Transitional Justice for […]
By Katie Donington
Debates over Eric Williams’s work have ebbed and flowed ever since he first published Capitalism and Slavery in 1944. His book inspired a body of historiography to which many historians of slavery and abolition have added their voices over the decades. Scholars working within the Black radical tradition took up Williams’s work, notably […]
A Presentation to OECS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs
By Earl Bousquet
Chairman of the Saint Lucia National Reparations Committee (NRC) and Member of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC)
I feel honored to have been invited to address this 1st Special Meeting of the OECS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs via video conference ahead of […]
A clear illustration of a Caribbean luminary’s view of the Art and Science of Decolonization and Nation-building in the Age of Reparations.
By Earl Bousquet
When I attended my first meeting of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) at the Cave Hill Campus of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) in Barbados in 2014, I left […]
A 2007 “sans papiers” protest in Paris, France.
By Kate Dossett
Annette Joseph-Gabriel’s Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire offers a bold new path for reimagining the freedom struggles of the twentieth century. The most striking scenes in this beautifully written book are the many extraordinary escapes that Black women make and […]
Photo by Brian van der Leij
Peggy Bouva (left) and Maartje Duin traveled to Suriname together to visit a former sugar plantation once owned by Dutch nobility. Duin’s great-great-great-grandmother held a share in the plantation, where Bouva’s ancestors were enslaved. The two women documented their research into their shared, painful history for a podcast called “The […]
By Earl Bousquet
COVID-19 changed almost everything in 2020.
But the global change engine has also this year accelerated the frequency of clashes between old and new, past and present, ultimately resulting in increased resistance to institutionalized inequality, presenting greater challenges everywhere for those banking on maintaining the Status Quo to guarantee traditional levels of advantageous cohabitation […]