Jamaica’s Minister Grange calls for urgent reparations for Africans

Jamaica’s Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Olivia Grange, is calling for the urgent implementation of reparations for Africans and persons of African descent impacted by racial injustice.

She said that reparations should address the moral, economic, political and legal obligations of States in relation to past and present atrocities rooted in slavery and colonialism, such […]

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Sir Hilary: The Caribbean’s Dr Martin Luther King Jr

By Anthony Gafoor

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

These were the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in a speech in 1965. Because he has not been silent about things that matter, I stand in solidarity with the Caribbean, and especially the University of the West Indies […]

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W. Arthur Lewis: Intellectual author of CARICOM’s blueprint for reparatory justice

In this week’s REPARATION CONVERSATIONS, a partnership between The Gleaner and the UWI’s Centre for Reparation Research (CRR), Earl Bousquet highlights the life and contribution of Nobel Laureate, Sir Arthur Lewis. The article coincides with the anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur, now regarded by those who have now discovered his ideas in his […]

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Myrtha Désulmé | Haiti At The Centre Of The Reparation Movement

In this first article for the New Year, Myrtha Désulmé makes the case for Haiti to be at the centre of the reparation movement. Haiti celebrated its Independence Day on January 1 and its Ancestry Day on January 2, so this article is a timely reminder of the ways in which black liberators in the […]

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Despite COVID-19, the Caribbean Reparations Train Remained on Track in 2020! Part 4 (Final)

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The three previous parts offered chronological recalls of some of the major developments that made 2020 different for the Caribbean’s Reparatory Justice Movement, including: George Floyd’s death and the resulting impetus for the Black Lives Matter and Reparations Movements in the USA, Europe, the Caribbean and the rest of the […]

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Africa: France Approves Return of African Treasures Looted During Colonial Period

French MPs have approved the return of looted historical artefacts to Benin and Senegal, completing the legislative process needed to give back the objects.

Benin will receive 26 artefacts taken from the Palace of Behanzin in the late 19th century, including a royal throne, which are currently exhibited at the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac museum in Paris.

Senegal […]

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Capitalism, Slavery, and Economic White Supremacy

By Calvin Schermerhorn

What is at stake when we talk about the economics of North American slavery? Over the last 75+ years it has been whether capitalism superseded slavery or whether capitalism and slavery were co-constituted, capitalism to some extent relying on slavery. Part of that discussion has been theoretical and part […]

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Beckles to European Parliament: “End colonialism in region and honor debt owed.”

The University of the West Indies Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, called upon the European Parliament to end colonization in the region and honour its debt to the people. Invited to speak to the parliament (at a virtual international panel on December 2, 2020) during a special discussion on the poverty legacies of colonization, […]

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