CARICOM Reparations Commission Steps up Advocacy for Reparatory Justice

Now is the time to move “From Apology to Action”

The CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) will convene a virtual media engagement on July 6 to update the media on recent developments in the CARICOM region’s push for reparatory justice for the historical crimes of native genocide and African enslavement in the Caribbean region.

The media engagement comes […]

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What Frederick Douglass Had to Say About Monuments

In a newly discovered letter, the famed abolitionist wrote that ‘no one monument could be made to tell the whole truth’

By Scott Sandage, Jonathan W. White
smithsonianmag.com

Frederick Douglass, with typical historical foresight, outlined a solution to the current impasse over a statue he dedicated in Washington, D.C., in 1876. Erected a few […]

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No apology for slavery, says Dutch PM in bad-tempered debate about racism

The Dutch government has no plans at the moment to offer an apology for slavery and the Dutch role in the slave trade, prime minister Mark Rutte said during an often heated debate on racism and discrimination on Wednesday evening.

Two of the four coalition parties – D66 and ChristenUnie – had called on the […]

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The United States owes Black America reparations

By Khury Petersen-Smith and Akua Gyamerah

The uprising sparked in Minneapolis by the police murder of George Floyd – which spread across the country and around the world – is building on and moving beyond the movements against racist policing that preceded it.

As community activists challenge officials to slash law enforcement budgets and force a serious […]

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Reparations bill gains steam following the death of George Floyd

By Mike Lillis (The Hill)

Legislation exploring whether Black Americans should receive restitution for slavery may soon get a huge boost, as a growing number of Democrats are hoping to move reparations this summer as another response to the death of George Floyd.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will huddle Wednesday to discuss their next […]

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Belgium – Moving from Regrets to Reparations

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, celebrations for the 60th anniversary of independence on June 30 were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of the usual festivities, the government called for a day of “reflection.” The Belgian king, Philippe, wrote a letter to the Congolese president that contained few words but much to reflect […]

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When France extorted Haiti – the greatest heist in history

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, there have been calls for defunding police departments and demands for the removal of statues. The issue of reparations for slavery has also resurfaced.

Much of the reparations debate has revolved around whether the United States and the United Kingdom should finally compensate some of their citizens for the […]

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The day of great deception in Suriname

July 1, 1863: The day of great deception in Suriname

For many years Surinamese people of African descent, whose ancestors worked on the plantations in the colony of Suriname, celebrated and commemorated ‘Keti Koti’ on July 1 as “Emancipation Day”.

In recent years they have been doing this more and more together with others from our Republic. […]

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Reparations : the Black Salvation of the EU

by Dia Alihanga

On June 19, 2020 the European Union recognised slavery as a crime against humanity.

How did the assassination of George Floyd lead to this EU resolution? How should crimes committed during the colonial […]

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For many white Canadians, ‘reparations’ is a scary word

Why some Black leaders say the time has come
By Steve McKinley

HALIFAX—Lynn Jones has a chart of her family tree on her dining room table. It traces her roots back as far as her great-grandfather Sam Jones, who was enslaved in Kentucky before making his way to Nova Scotia.

The chart flows from Sam Jones — who […]

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