The Caribbean’s case for reparations: Part III

COVID-19 has revealed “horrendous legacies” of inequity

This is the third article in a series that highlights the question of slavery reparations in the Caribbean. (The first is here; the second is here.) It is based around issues discussed in the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s live stream event, […]

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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 Over the last 75+ years it has been whether capitalism superseded slavery or whether capitalism and slavery were co-constituted, capitalism to some extent relying on slavery.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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The Caribbean’s case for reparations: Part II

By Janine Mendes-Franco

This is the second article in a series that highlights the question of slavery reparations in the Caribbean. It is based around issues discussed in the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s live stream event, ‘The Case for Reparations,’ which featured an in-depth conversation with Sir Hilary Beckles, chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission .

In […]

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Should America Pay Slavery Reparations?

A review of history indicates a strong case—but mixed public support
By Shomari Wills

What are Slavery Reparations?
Slavery reparations are restitution payments for slavery remitted to the descendants of enslaved people. In theory, American slavery reparations would be paid by entities that participated in slavery, such as the federal government, local governments, corporations, and universities.

The history is […]

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Adekeye Adebajo | Three Prophets Of Reparations

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 […]

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Samuel Jackson Traces the History of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

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, […]

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Boston University Professor: It’s Time For Reparations, Transitional Justice For African Americans

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 […]

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Eric Williams’ Foundational Work on Slavery, Industry, and Wealth

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 […]

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Broadening the Dialogue on Reparations in the Global Context

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 […]

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The UWI’s Golden African Stool

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 […]

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Centering the History of Black Women in the French Empire

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 […]

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‘A Journey That We Have To Join Together’: 2 Dutch Women Confront Slavery’s Legacy

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 […]

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