Reparations and Sustainability: Sir Hilary Beckles Makes the Case! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Reparations and Sustainability: Sir Hilary Beckles Makes the Case!

Sir Hilary Beckles

Sir Hilary Beckles

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

It was simple and compelling. But Prime Minister David Cameron was not buying into it. He said that reparations were not the answer. When he addressed Jamaica’s Parliament in September 2005 Mr. Cameron admitted that slavery was ‘abhorrent’ and that the ‘wounds run very deep’ but he did not give much hope to the pro-reparation argument.

In fact Mr. Cameron wanted the Caribbean to move on and put the past behind. According to the British Prime Minister, ‘ I hope that as friends who have gone through so much together since those darkest of times, we can move on from this painful legacy and continue to build for the future.’  

Cameron’s ‘building for the future’ included money to upgrade the Jamaican prisons so that criminals can be sent from British prisons to serve out their sentences in Jamaica. There is also a $600 million grant to develop infrastructure in the Caribbean. While some welcomed these proposals there were those that saw the British package as a band aid treatment to forget what is a major wound to the psyche of the Caribbean.

Read more: Reparations and Sustainability – Sir Hilary Beckles makes his case-revised By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

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  • De castro  On October 18, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Great news…..all dem Jamaicans who have moved into jail permanently will hopefully be shipped out to their roots to do their time……but please Mr Cameron
    no return ticket. Maybe some other permanent residencias can join them.
    It’s 2015 not 1815….slavery is ever present today ….some employers still pay less than the minimum wage. Not to mention zero hours contracts of employment.
    What is he doing about present day “slave” labour.💲

    Sorry about the actions of my ancestors …..please forgive them….but don’t forget. Millions £ s do not erase memory.Today they would have been tried in the Hague for their crimes against humanity….life goes on !

    Today the cost of incarceration in UK of one convict £500+ per week.
    In JA a fraction of that…..right economic decision….but question the
    political PR stunt.!😈

    Good news is it will create some jobs for Jamaicans.

    Let’s hope its “factory jails” where inmates must produce to offset their upkeep.

    Doing my time is JA is a free package holiday… taxpayers expense.😬
    Chuckle chuckle !🐔

  • albert  On October 18, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    The other side of the coin is that these people learn their craft in the UK. Why should Jamaicans bear the cost of having them in Jamaica.
    -Is Cameron returning other criminals to their country of origin, especially those from Europe.
    -Are they returing those from the mideast, who have given UK all kinds of problems.
    The Jamaican politicians should have refused.

    • De castro  On October 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      Money is never handed out without conditions …. strings.
      Yes Jamaican could have said no…..or be allowed to use the money on
      what they wanted.
      Politricks my friend.

  • dhanpaul narine  On October 18, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Prime Minister David Cameron spoke in the Jamaican Parliament in 2015 and a correction has been issued to that effect. But can reparations work? If so, how should it be administered? Thanks.

  • De castro  On October 18, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Money cannot erase the barbarism of slavery….it only adds insult to injury.
    Best refused. Did not juliani of nyk refuse Saudi 10m$ after 9/11.
    There were no IRAQUI on board yet George w invaded Iraq.
    How stupid ! Of course Jamaica is not my nyk….or USA.

  • albert  On October 18, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Never believed in reparation. Money is not a solution for most black people. They believe in the Church not in greed for money……..that is a problem in a capitalist country…….just my opinion.

  • Gigi  On October 18, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    @ dhanpaul narine “But can reparations work? If so, how should it be administered? Thanks.”

    Speaking as a PPP supporter whose ancestors (Indians and Portuguese) ALSO suffered the grotesque barbarism of indentured servitude – conditions much worse than slavery – I would say that reparations can work for us in the form of giving us our own separate country. We will be willing to support the ABC countries in their opposition to monetary contributions provided they give us our own separate and independent country and stay out of or country’s affairs by respecting our sovereignty and right to self determination. We are happy to work to build and sustain our economy without depending on handouts, charity, aid, etc. Just give us our own country so that we can live free, peaceful and safe among like-minded people.

    @Albert, they can build them more churches then, but there will be quite a few who will also want to be taken care of, wear brand name merchandise, have the latest gadgets, and party 24/7. I think the Guyanese saying is “pomping a scene”(?).

    Funny you should say church. I recently began reading more indepthly into the Jonestown massacre and came across several articles stating that it was a US govt MKUltra/Project ARTICHOKE experiment/operation targeting African Americans. And that the then Guyana govt (PNC and the current old heads still in the cabal) were very much involved in what went down at Jamestown. They were also paid very handsomely for their cooperation. This lot definitely do not belong in the category of “most black people are not greedy”. Here we are some 30 something plus years after Jonestown and these PNC old heads haven’t reformed their ways.

    Used to be a saying that people changed for the better in their old age – redemption and making right with their maker and such. Like the aged Alex in ‘A Clockwork Orange’. But not these guys! Not even when they are invoking and imposing god and religion on the masses. The sheer hypocrisy is staggering! AND they have passed on this culture to the young and not so young uns who are like a bunch of young Alexes and his gang.

  • sirenagx  On October 19, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Reparations may sound good, difficult to determine how much and how distributed and perhaps to whom. Perhaps, a Human Development Fund, funded over 25 or so years by the colonial powers to support some of the things Beckles suggested is doable. Raising education, health and living standards should be the goal, using practical steps based on individual national needs. Small nations especially, need to maximize output from limited resources. There is a pressing need for adequate infrastructure and small business development to utilize both human and natural resources available.

  • Thinker  On October 19, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Folks, just understand that there will be no money. As usual Gigi is talking nonsense about indentureshiip being worse than slavery.
    For a sensible discussion read the following (important – must see)

  • De castro  On October 19, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Indenture is the lesser of two evils….
    However agree that one cannot compare both to justify the other.
    Slavery was life sentence.
    Indenture was time served…..there was freedom at the end of the tunnel.

    Gigi is always entertaining reading but best not taken seriously.
    Her hatred drives her forward. She has an inquisitiveness for the truth
    which is interesting. Her politricks bit confused.

    Love hate relationships work.
    Love to hate relationships goes deeper.

    That’s why we keep an “open mind” in our relationships.

    Beatles song comes to mind….MONEY CANT BUY YOU LOVE

    Think David Cameron should listen to it and not to his advisers.

    Just saying

  • Thinker  On October 20, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Gigi is dangerous because some will be willing to believe her distortions. Every bit of nonsense must be refuted.

  • De castro  On October 20, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Hey she is entitled to an opinion….its for us to “d!isagree” with reasons for her enlightenment. She sees the “leaves” “trees” not Forrest.
    Those literates who follow GOL are no fools.
    Sad that the illiterates don’t/can’t.

    Admire Cyril position as editor in chief for allowing unedited entries.
    Most main stream media don’t…….some insist on changing words to
    suit their political affiliations/sympathies.

    GOL is the exception rather than rule.

    Ways I sees it.

  • albert  On October 20, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I dont respond to Gigi racism because I dont want to go down to that level. She could comunicate well with bitterness but she obviously has a psychiatric issue.

    On the question of reparation others have have already made some good points. I personally dont look forward to anything. If it comes it comes.
    American capitalist culture is about money. If you are not in the dog eat dog game of earning all you can to survive in America you will see difficult times. The more you have the better for you. The less you have tough on you.
    Fortunately many of my black brethren have the bible and the church to solve their problems. Their God will help them not money.

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