Today is Emancipation Day throughout many Caribbean islands. Emancipation Day commemorates the date in 1833 when the then British Government finally implemented the abolition act that emancipated our ancestors.
This year’s Emancipation Day is probably more poignant as CARICOM recently made submission to the Governments of Europe that it intends to seek Reparations on behalf of the descendants of said enslaved.
“The Thirty-fourth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government which was held in July 2013 in Trinidad and Tobago, agreed to set up National Committees on Reparations, to establish the moral, ethical and legal case for the payment of reparations by the former colonial European countries, to the nations and people of the Caribbean Community, for native genocide, the transatlantic slave trade and a racialised system of chattel slavery.”
More recently on the 16th July 2014 Chairman of the CARICOM Commission on Reparations Professor Sir Hilary Beckles addressed the British House of Commons on the subject from the CARICOM perspective.
However, not withstanding the CARICOM position some individuals in the Caribbean are not convinced that this is the way to go and question whether this is a good use of our scant resources.
Regardless of your position we here at Kittivisian Life wish one and all a Happy Emancipation Day.
Some links for your consideration:
CARICOM REPARATIONS COMMISSION PRESS STATEMENT Delivered by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles (Chairman) on behalf of the CARICOM Reparations Commission Press Conference Regional Headquarters, UWI 10th December 2013 can be found at the link below.