Skip to comments.Caribbean nations seeking compensation for slavery
Posted on 07/25/2013 8:13:10 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
MIAMI (AP) Leaders of more than a dozen Caribbean countries are launching a united effort to seek compensation from three European nations for what they say is the lingering legacy of the Atlantic slave trade.
The Caribbean Community, a regional organization that typically focuses on rather dry issues such as economic integration, has taken up the cause of compensation for slavery and the genocide of native peoples and is preparing for what would likely be a drawn-out battle with the governments of Britain, France and the Netherlands.
Caricom, as the organization is known, has enlisted the help of a prominent British human rights law firm and is creating a Reparations Commission to press the issue, said Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, who has been leading the effort.
The legacy of slavery includes widespread poverty and the lack of development that characterizes most of the region, Gonsalves said, adding that any settlement should include a formal apology, but contrition alone would not be sufficient.
"The apology is important but that is wholly insufficient," he said in a phone interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. "We have to have appropriate recompense."
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.
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Response? “None of you were slaves and none of us were slaveowners.
Present your claims to the Muslim countries that still practice slavery.”
Once upon a time, there were islands in the Caribbean, inhabited, in part, by cannibals, and living in the stone age.
And once upon a time, there were tribes in Africa, killing each other in incessant warfare, and living largely barbarous lives.
Then the Africans were taken to the Caribbean, where they now live in lush tropical surroundings with electricity, air conditioning, and abundant food.
I'd say the European countries deserve some repayment for their troubles.
I have seen these dweebs dining out for free, they make Al and jesse look not so sharp-ton.
Can we sue them for giving us syphilis?
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.
The famous "Gimme, gimme, gimme" campaign. I'm sure it will be a resounding success.
Agreed. More swindlers looking for a gravy train.
Slavery has been the scourge of mankind since the beginning of time, its Biblical roots having perpetuated slavery to a large degree. The irony of it all is that there are more human slaves today then there ever has been, mostly in Africa and in the Middle Eastern countries.
Haiti is the clearest example of why those islands could not successfully manage a real government.
Haiti went from an agricultural success under the French to a barren wasteland under black governments.
Europe had nothing to do with their present degraded status. They Pogo’d themselves.
Grievance mongering - never a statute of limitations.
SUE THEM TO THE MAX!!!!! Just leave America out of it and I could care less. I hope Eric Holder is in on this because he is a Barbados transplant. His parents immigrated from that British bleep-hole///
I don’t think they have standing. These governments did not even exist when this occurred. Plus there are no living slave traders, slave owners or slaves from that time.
They might be able to find some slaves in Africa and the Muslim world, but good luck suing them in Riyadh.
I saw our head racist grievance monger on TV tonight with the sound muted. What a phoney, lying effed up person he is, this is obvious after watching for 3 minutes. President JugEars
Tell you what add America to the list and send us a bill guys, we’ll get that check in the mail ASAP...
Response? None of you were slaves and none of us were slaveowners.
Present your claims to the Muslim countries that still practice slavery.
Tell you what add America to the list and send us a bill guys, well get that check in the mail ASAP...
Lets hope Obama doesn’t hear you say that. That POS will send them a big check ASAP.
That’s true of most slaves taken to Americas from west Africa
Spit in one hand...Sheet in the other.
Why did they overlook Portugal?
I wasn’t aware of any Portuguese colonies in the Caribbean.