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Several Caribbean Countries Now Demanding Reparations for Slavery

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It has been centuries in the making. Leaders from several Caribbean countries are asking for reparations from their former colonizers including Britain, France and Netherlands.

It is no secret that for much of the 19th and 20th centuries Europe’s economy was based upon the  free labor of slaves and the selling of natural resources from Caribbean countries like Jamica, Trinand and Haiti.

Many believe that their current economic conditions are directly tied to Europe’s unwillingness to acknowledge the billions of dollars that were made off of the backs of Caribbean citizens.

According to the AP:  “The notion of forcing the countries that benefited from slavery to pay reparations has been a decades-long quest. Individual countries including Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda already had existing national commissions. Earlier this month, leaders from the 14 Caricom nations voted unanimously at a meeting in Trinidad to wage a joint campaign that those involved say would be more ambitious than any previous effort.

Each nation that does not have a national reparations commission agreed to set one up, sending a representative to the regional commission, which would be overseen by prime ministers. They agreed to focus on Britain on behalf of the English-speaking Caribbean as well as France for the slavery in Haiti and the Netherlands for Suriname, a former Dutch colony on the northeastern edge of South America that is a member of Caricom.

In addition, they brought on the British law firm of Leigh Day, which waged a successful fight for compensation for hundreds of Kenyans who were tortured by the British colonial government as they fought for the liberation of their country during the so-called Mau Mau rebellion of the 1950s and 1960s.

Lawyer Martyn Day said his first step would likely be to seek a negotiated settlement with the governments of France, Britain and Netherlands along the lines of the British agreement in June to issue a statement of regret and award compensation of about $21.5 million to the surviving Kenyans.

“I think they would undoubtedly want to try and see if this can be resolved amicably,” Day said of the Caribbean countries. “But I think the reason they have hired us is that they want to show that they mean business.”

Caribbean officials have not mentioned a specific monetary figure but Gonsalves and Verene Shepherd, chairwoman of the national reparations commission in Jamaica, both mentioned the fact that Britain at the time of emancipation in 1834 paid 20 million pounds to British planters in the Caribbean, the equivalent of 200 billion pounds today.

“Our ancestors got nothing,” Shepherd said. “They got their freedom and they were told ‘Go develop yourselves.’ ”

British High Commissioner to Jamaica David Fitton was quizzed on the issue Wednesday during a radio interview and said that the Mau Mau case was not meant to be a precedent and that his government opposes reparations for slavery.

“We don’t think the issue of reparations is the right way to address these issues,” Fitton said. “It’s not the right way to address an historical problem.”

If reparations are “not the right way to address an historical problem,” then what is?

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  1. Well well!

    What do you know. We have ALL been sleeping, and still are UNLESS we stand up and CLAIM what we ar justly and moraly owed.

    The financial arm cannot perpetually continue in the West so called ist worl which are bankrupt but living on stale promotional air to benefit. Their ill deeds still continue. Stopin you on the road and saying that you are “braking the law”. I guess law did not exist oreither moral conscience during the time of slavery and blood spilling.

    Our ancestors suffered and we were brought into the worl as kindred of the suffered and still suffering.

    Whereis all the money controlled from. Where are all the laws made and controlled from to rule the world. Block the black from coming to Britain but on the EUropean doors with no questions asked. Sporadically without conscience target non -whites at tube station and arrest them to repatriate them but yet say its the illegal immigrant issue ruining the country.

    Paint cars with signs , ” Go home or face arrest” Testament of the truth from words to action.

    Still Africa and the Caribbean wanting to depend on th West for guidance?

    There is nothing on offer apart from stuggle. A prime example being:

    1. Why do I pay 1penny to call mainland USA when at the same time Imust pay at least 67 plus pennies to call the caribbean which is in the central region

    2. Why is it about £300 to travel to mainland USA when I must pay £1,200 plus to travel to the Caribbean for a long seserved rest and to see my family?

    3. What did I have to pay to re-nationalise in 1970 although I had a British passport before coming to the UK?

    4. WHy is there a an ehtnic monitoring when applying for cetain jobs?

    5. Why are we are called black on the same form when others are named by their geographical origins?

    6. Why is Africa used as dumping ground for the West usage?

    7. Why is Africa still dark at night when USA and west flood their countries with excessive superfluous lighting?

    8. WHy should the West countrol the economies of Africa and its natural resources?

    9. What is th emeaning of the ink and paper called money when the Nation of Africa can print their own and create confidence in it?

    10. Why should coffe beans be sold for 2pennies when in theWestern market sold for ££££s?

    11. 2013 is a visionary year

    12. Why will the British governemtn NEVER say “sorry” . becuase guilt runs hand in hand with sorry. Instead they choose regret without responsibility

    13. Why did the Australians say “sorry” to the Aboriginies?

    14. Why did the British government say “regret” to the Kenyans and not sorry?

    15. Why is europe opening its doors to it own kind and blocking the other kind?

    16. What is this new world order about? Is it the 2nd phase of control and reinforcement of the mindset of the wicked and evil and those who wish to perpetually rule?

    15. Lets NOT talk about reparations. CALL for action and get the support by all means including support forms online.

  2. AMENDMENT:

    Well well!

    What do you know? We have ALL been sleeping, and still are UNLESS we stand up and CLAIM what we are justly and morally owed.

    The financial arm cannot perpetually continue in the West so called 1st world which are bankrupt but living on stale promotional air to benefit. Their ill deeds still continue. Stopping you on the road and saying that you are “breaking the law”. I guess law did not exist neither moral conscience during the time of slavery and blood spilling.

    Our ancestors suffered and we were brought into the world as kindred of the suffered and still suffering.

    Where is all the money controlled from? Where are all the laws made and controlled from to rule the world. Block the black from coming to Britain but on the European doors with no questions asked. Sporadically without conscience target non -whites at tube station and arrest them to repatriate them but yet say it’s the illegal immigrant issue ruining the country.

    The government painting cars with signs, “Go home or face arrest” Testament of the truth from words to action.

    Still Africa and the Caribbean wanting to depend on the West for guidance?

    There is nothing on offer apart from struggle. A prime example being:

    1. Why do I pay 1penny to call mainland USA when at the same time I must pay at least 67 plus pennies to call the Caribbean which is in the central region

    2. Why is it about £300 to travel to mainland USA when I must pay £1,200 plus to travel to the Caribbean for a long deserved rest and to see my family?

    3. What did I have to pay to re-nationalise in 1970 although I had a British passport before coming to the UK?

    4. Why is there an ethnic monitoring when applying for certain jobs?

    5. Why are we are called black on the same form when others are named by their geographical origins?

    6. Why is Africa used as dumping ground for the West usage?

    7. Why is Africa still dark at night when USA and west flood their countries with excessive superfluous lighting?

    8. Why should the West control the economies of Africa and its natural resources?

    9. What is the meaning of the ink and paper called money when the Nation of Africa can print their own and create confidence in it?

    10. Why should coffee beans be sold for 2pennies when in the Western market sold for ££££s?

    11. 2013 is a visionary year

    12. Why will the British government NEVER say “sorry”? Because guilt runs hand in hand with sorry. Instead they choose regret without responsibility

    13. Why did the Australians say “sorry” to the Aborigines?

    14. Why did the British government say “regret” to the Kenyans and not sorry?

    15. Why is Europe opening its doors to its own kind and blocking the other kind?

    16. What is this new world order about? Is it the 2nd phase of control and reinforcement of the mindset of the wicked and evil and those who wish to perpetually rule?

    15. Let’s NOT talk about reparations. CALL for action and get the support by all means including support forms online.

    16. One thing I know, control will always be in their mind. Sorry will NEVER in their minds. Guilt will always be avoided ,evaded and ignored. I guess slavery continues in a silent fashion

    18. Remember America was once an Indian nation until the British, French, Spanish ,Portugese and Dutch arrived with their evil minds and actions. Yet they say now…God bless America!

    19. The West now wants to create electronic money to control the world. Will Africa tolerate this or make its own electronic money?

    20. Its time for the “Afric” currency similar to the Eastern Caribbean Dollar and dump the rest

    THE INEVITABLE CAN ONLY OCCUR IF THE ACTION I STAKEN. SELF DETERMINATION AND OUR OWN CONTROL. AFRICA CAN AND WILL BE RESOURCEFUL.THE CARIBBEAN WILL BE THE OFFSHORES OF AFRICA AS ONE PEOPLE

    Dont just read…take action and support the cause, PEACEFULLY BUT TIH VIGOUR!

  3. http://www.imscoglobal.org/index.html

    I have just seen this site focusing on the African fight.

    There is a GREAT need to join forces…….NOW!

  4. FOR THOSE OF YOU SMALL MINDED BLACKS WITH LITTLE OR NO WORDS TO SAY,

    I have just received this link.

    READ IT VERY VERY VERY CAREFULLY AND THEN REPLY HERE WHAT YOU INTEND TO DO.

    http://www.kulturekritic.com/2013/07/news/dr-wilmer-leon-says-recent-supreme-court-actions-continue-history-of-undermining-black-civil-liberties/

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