Emancipation Day, a Good Reason to Give Pause

Barbados Underground

Barbadians join former colonies to celebrate Emancipation Day on August 1.

There can be no disagreement the Black race had to endure a form of slavery that to this day weighs heavy on the conscience of world citizens. Some will engage in a spurious rebuttal that the immoral act of chattel slavery practiced on Black people should be distilled using a logic that it was the legitimate activity of the day. What cannot be refuted is that until the Slavery Act 1833 Blacks resident in the Mother Country (England) and its colonies were regarded as chattel. Then there was the apprenticeship period where the former slave masters exploited Blacks because it was determined that it was cheaper to pay a rock bottom wage or provide room and board to the former slave in exchange for labour.  A capitalist thinking?

The benefit of slavery is that the White race was able…

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  • ANTICONQUISTA  On August 1, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Long live Caribbean and Latin American solidarity

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On August 2, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    I agree with the message from the Chair of the Caricom Reparations Committee: ‘Emancipation’ for us remains a work in progress and in no way can be considered a distant event that is settled and closed.

    Slavery remains with us, assuming new forms like a chameleon.

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