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 […]
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 […]
He also and dismissed Britain’s role in slavery
Boris Johnson once said colonialism in Africa should never have ended and downplayed Britain’s role in the slave trade, an article written by the prime minister while he was a Tory MP reveals.
Critics are urging Mr Johnson to explain whether he still holds the views expounded […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
If true justice and equality are ever to be achieved in the United States, the country must finally take seriously what it owes black Americans.
– By Nikole Hannah-Jones
It feels different this time.
Black Americans protesting the violation of their rights are a defining tradition of this country. In the last century, there have been hundreds of […]
Scholars from the Caribbean recently renewed their call for reparations in recompense for hundreds of years of native genocide and enslavement in the region. The calls were made during a recent virtual symposium to honour the life and work of St. Lucian Nobel Laureate Sir William Arthur Lewis.
The symposium was hosted by the CARICOM Reparations […]
The hero of the Haitian Revolution’s lonely death in a French prison cell was not an unfortunate tragedy but a cruel story of deliberate destruction.
On the morning of 7 April 1803, Toussaint Louverture, leader of the slave insurrection in French Saint-Domingue that led to the Haitian Revolution, was found dead by a guard in the […]
Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, Sir Hilary Beckles on Friday expressed solidarity from the Caribbean with African Americans in the United States on Juneteenth. The sentiments were expressed in a statement issued by his office.
“We, your brothers and sisters from ‘your islands’ downstream Mississippi are standing with you in joyous remembrance of the journey. […]
Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission and Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Sir Hilary Beckles, has once again called on Britain to come back to the table to discuss reparatory justice for the Caribbean. He was giving the feature address at a recently held Symposium to honor the life and […]