The San Fernando City Corporation (SFCC) hosted a public lecture recently on the topic of reparations at its City Hall Auditorium, Harris Promenade. The lecture, which featured David Muhammad, is part of a month-long series of events planned for the city's Emancipation Day celebrations.
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The University of the West Indies, Vice-Chancellery. Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - “We now need to say to the British Government development is a shared responsibility…you have a role to play in this process, come back to the table and repair the damage you have done”. Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), was speaking in his role as chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, at the launch of the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission on Reparations (TTNCR) on June 13, 2015.
“What happened happened,” French president François Hollande said yesterday when he rejected demands from a black group that the French state pay reparations for almost 200 years of slavery, during which French traders deported some two million Africans. “History does not erase itself,” Mr Hollande continued. “You cannot rub it out. It cannot be the object of transactions deriving from accounting that would in any case be impossible to establish.” Mr Hollande spoke at the seventh annual commemoration of the slave trade, slavery and abolition.
Speaking at the inauguration of the ACTe slavery memorial in Guadeloupe on May 10 – France’s national day to commemorate the abolition of the slave trade – Hollande surprised his audience by seemingly making a promise for his upcoming visit to Haiti.
“When I come to Haiti, I will, for my part, settle the debt that we have.”
Speaking at the inauguration of a memorial and cultural center in Guadeloupe devoted to the history of slavery, French President François Hollande evoked France’s “debt” toward its former slaveholding colony of Haiti but also appeared to reject the idea of monetary reparations.
“When I go to Haiti, I will, for my part, handle the debt that we have,” Hollande said to loud applause. But later in the same speech he cited a famous French Caribbean writer’s objections to financial reparations.
By Joe Colas (author)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's President Michel Martelly and his visiting French counterpart, Francois Hollande, on Tuesday planned to discuss, among other things, the issue of the French moral debt toward the Caribbean country, which became the first black independent republic in the world after defeating, more than 211 years ago, the army of the then French monarchy, which later imposed a heavy independence debt on the former colony.
Chalkdust's "Grandfather's Back Pay" - a call for reparation for the enslavement of blacks in the Caribbean.