Originally posted on Repeating Islands:

hilary-336x261In the first of a series of lectures to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the 1763 Berbice Slave Revolt, Sir Hilary Beckles, Principal of the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill in Barbados, said that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries should begin efforts to seek some form of reparation from Western countries for slavery. He stressed that an ongoing discussion was needed to address the issue and called for an “informed and sensible conversation” on what has been described as the, “Worst Crime against humanity.”

The lecture titled, “Britain’s Black Debt: reparations owed the Caribbean for Slavery and Indigenous Genocide”, examined the damage done and wealth created through the slave trade particularly by Britain. Sir Hilary said out that reparation is not about people getting handouts, but about repairing historical damage and how to find a way forward. He said that while all races experienced some form of slavery, African slavery…

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