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  • Judi Lynn (5736 posts)
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    Caribbean Nations Seek Reparations for Slavery and Native Genocide

    Caribbean Nations Seek Reparations for Slavery and Native Genocide
    December 30, 2016
    by Philip Perry
    “History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” James Joyce, Ulysses

     

     

    We are familiar with slavery and the genocide of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, two of the great horrors of world history. What we often don’t consider is what residue of that time is with us today. Recent studies show that trauma inside the brain can be passed down from one person to the next. This was observed in the offspring of those who suffered through the holocaust. But for how many generations is such trauma carried forth? And what effect does it have on the individual, their community, country, or corner of the world?

    After the horrors of colonization, most nations were left to fend for themselves and plodded ahead as best they could, enduring widespread trauma and with little resources to modernize. Now, 22 Island nations that make up The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), are calling for reparations for slavery and the genocide the indigenous peoples.

    The trade and political organization has assembled the Caribbean Reparation Commission. They in turn framed the Reparatory Justice Program—a 10-point plan which is being aimed at their former colonizers. The plan includes: an apology, reparations to help the descendants of slaves, aid for the remaining indigenous peoples, psychological rehabilitation, a plan to eradicate widespread illiteracy, technology transfer, robust health programs to help combat the “public health crisis” in the region, aid for building cultural institutions to frame what has happened, and a cancellation of debts.

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    1. Much as I sympathize with their point of view, I don't think their approach

    is very practical.  Who are the defendants?  National governments of former colonial countries?  Descendants of individual colonizers?  How are damages to be apportioned to potential defendants?  How are damages to be distributed among descendants of former slaves?

    My suggestion?  I hear the Clinton Foundation has a lot of money they don’t need.  I think the CARICOM countries should approach them and if they refuse to pay up, then they can make a court case for damages due to the interventionist policies advanced by various Clinton actions in and out of government.

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