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National Reparations Task Force hands over findings document

Barbados has made another step towards the goal of obtaining regional reparations.

Members of the National Reparations Task Force recently presented Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley with an official report on arguments in support of reparations in his Ministry’s Conference Room at Sky Mall.

After receiving the document, Lashley said he was pleased with the work of the task force, established in 2012. He noted that the project was not only conceptualized to secure monetary payment, but also to inform Barbadians on the meaning of reparations.

Lashley also said the establishment of the task force must be viewed within the context of the diplomatic efforts made by the CARICOM countries at the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in 2001, and the joint CARICOM/African Union Conference on Reparations that was held in Barbados in August 2007.

Chairman of the National Reparations Task Force Professor Emeritus Pedro Welch reiterated that reparations were not only a monetary issue, but in fact an element of self-repair.

“We need to find ways to let people know it is alright to be black; it is alright to be African, it is nothing to be ashamed of . . . some of our behaviours we can’t explain other than that this is a reaction to what was done to our people . . .  . There is a psychological impact which is transferred in the culture of the people,” he said.

Professor Welch also said there was need for institutions and countries that have been guilty of perpetuating the enslavement of Africans and their descendants to acknowledge the harm done.

“We can continue with the process of self-repair but on the question of morality it is important for them to acknowledge that it was wrong,” he stressed.

The report, which makes a moral argument in support of the need for reparations, also contains comments from various local groups, such as the Rastafarian community, the Church, the Islamic community, as well as transcripts from town hall meetings.

“There are 27 recommendations included in the document. One of them has to do with the House of Assembly of today revisiting the matter and proclaiming, for the record, its view that slavery and enslavement was a crime against humanity and they should note that the actions of the House of Assembly at that period perpetuated inferiority for our people,” Professor Welch explained.

The document also includes contributions from various members of the task force.

“We begin by tracing the development of enslavement, looking at emancipation or abolition and then looking at the post abolition period [in order to] establish the foundation for making a claim. Once we have done that, we also look at the whole question of the legal aspects of making such a claim,” the chairman said.

Deputy Chairperson of the Reparations Task Force Cecelia Babb and Head of the Commission for Pan African Affairs Dr Deryck Murray also attended the presentation ceremony.

12 Responses to Report in

  1. Jennifer January 30, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    How many tribes are there in Africa again???

    • Jennifer January 30, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      “There is a psychological impact which is transferred in the culture of the people,” he said”
      Now what is this impact, pray tell me???

      • Jennifer January 30, 2018 at 10:05 pm

        “We need to find ways to let people know it is alright to be black; it is alright to be African, it is nothing to be ashamed of . . .
        Now, how are you going to attempt this one without some degree of reversal and frontal wedging. Good luck, if you dare. Can’t see it even being considered.

  2. Alex Alleyne January 31, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Had to put that out there first because if any $$$$$$$$ get let-off, you will see and hear who all of a sudden BLACK in order to cash in.
    Is the CHURCH will be allowed to Collect ?????????????.
    Oh, by the way , we BLACK people ain’t getting a cent. Maybe one day somebody from EUROPE will get in 10 Downing Street and say “we are sorry”, (pause),,,,,,,, but we are not giving you people no cash payout. WE MADE OUR MONEY THE OLE’ FASHIONED WAY.

    • Jennifer January 31, 2018 at 5:20 am

      Alex did you read the part of the act D Trump signed called the HR1242. They know good enough what they are doing. I am not bother at all about these people. This is what you get when your pineal is fused/calcified. You have the inability to have compassion, real equality or honesty. Similar to Pharoah in Egypt. And you r correct – NOT A CENT. It was designed this way.

  3. Harry January 31, 2018 at 3:24 am

    largest bunch of nonsense ever – reparations ??

    • O. Walrond January 31, 2018 at 9:17 am

      Wasn’t nonsense for the Jews, Japanese Americans, the Maoris of New Zealand and others who got it, but it’s nonsense for black people.

      • Jennifer January 31, 2018 at 11:15 am

        Mind you those Jews are FAKE too. Look up khazars. Both so called black and so called whites alike are very ignorant to a lot of things.

  4. Alex Alleyne January 31, 2018 at 11:34 am

    @Jennifer, I will bet that most of the YOUTH in Barbados don’t even know what is HR1242.
    The newspapers should now publish this info in part(s) 1,2,and 3.
    Most of us spend out time reading because we are “hungry for knowledge”.

  5. hcalndre January 31, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Reparations? it`s now that bajans going to admit that they are of African descendants? thinking that some kind of money is involved. They`re the only black people that will deny their heritage and tell you how much whites are in their family not thinking how that happened, of all the islands Barbados traditions are more British than African. Good luck.

  6. Ossie Moore January 31, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Where is the flat tire? I thought we were riding on a D-8 CAT?

  7. Pedro Welch February 1, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Jenifer…the psychological impact can be as simple as the negative comments made about the size of the nose of your leader. It can be as subtle as being Told not to marry a man because he is too dark. It extends to the assumption that back president cannot lead his country….the list is long do you have a life time discuss it.


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