Reparations for Blacks in America: Four Centuries of Struggle Now on the Cusp

Since being robbed from our homeland, Africans and their descendants have waged unrelenting efforts for redress. These efforts have taken many forms. Some aimed at self-repair (now called internal reparations); others sought redress from those who committed the crimes. Th...

There was a time reparations were actually paid out – just not to formerly enslaved people

There was a time reparations were actually paid out – just not to formerly enslaved people

The cost of slavery and its legacy of systemic racism to generations of Black Americans has been clear over the past year – seen in both the racial disparities of the pandemic and widespread protests over police brutality. Yet whenever calls for reparations are made –...

What Price Wholeness?

A detailed new proposal for reparations for slavery raises three critical questions: How much, exactly, does America owe? Where will the money come from? And who gets paid? By Shennette Garrett-Scott is an Associate Professor of History a...

Why History Matters: the Legacy of Slavery

Why History Matters: the Legacy of Slavery

by Many Americans watched as Joe Biden marked his Inauguration Day celebration with a brief presentation before the statue of Abraham Lincoln, invoking the Civil War as an historical moment when the nation triumphed over deep division. When recalling Lincoln, many New...

Why the West is morally bound to offer reparations for slavery

Why the West is morally bound to offer reparations for slavery

By (Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University) The 20th anniversary of the UN World Conference on Racism, held in Durban, South Africa, in 2001, will be celebrated this August. There was much discussion at the conference ab...

Sir Hilary: The Caribbean’s Dr Martin Luther King Jr

By Anthony Gafoor Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. These were the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in a speech in 1965. Because he has not been silent about things that matter, I stan...

W. Arthur Lewis: Intellectual author of CARICOM’s blueprint for reparatory justice

In this week’s REPARATION CONVERSATIONS, a partnership between The Gleaner and the UWI’s Centre for Reparation Research (CRR), Earl Bousquet highlights the life and contribution of Nobel Laureate, Sir Arthur Lewis. The article coincides with the anniversary of the birth ...

Despite COVID-19, the Caribbean Reparations Train Remained on Track in 2020! Part 3

December started with news, on Day One, of a massive new effort under way in the USA to name 12.5 million Africans sold into slavery through a database that will allow for an unprecedented view of who they were, where they were kidnapped and who they were sold to.

Despite COVID-19, the Caribbean Reparations Train Remained on Track in 2020! Part 4 (Final)

The three previous parts offered chronological recalls of some of the major developments that made 2020 different for the Caribbean’s Reparatory Justice Movement, including: George Floyd’s death and the resulting impetus for the Black Lives Matter and Reparations Movemen...

2020 was the year America embraced Black Lives Matter as a movement, not just a moment

2020 was the year America embraced Black Lives Matter as a movement, not just a moment

By ERIKA D. SMITH George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Andres Guardado. For months this summer, these Black and brown faces looked out on us from the boarded-up windows of businesses in Venice, spray-painted on plywood and awaiting riots that never came. Every day, they remin...