Antigua Barbuda Reparations Support Commission Congratulates The People & Government On Attaining 38 Years Of Independence

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The Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Support Commission (ABRSC) congratulates the people – citizens and residents – and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda on attainment of the thirty-eight anniversary of political independence.

The achievement of Independence in 1981 signaled the end of British neo-colonial rule of Antigua and Barbuda. It, however, did not end the reign of the impacts and legacies of colonialism and enslavement.

The immediate post-independence struggle sought to end colonial policy that fostered deliberate decision to ignore both health and educational development of our people. It was a policy that ensured that ‘no even a nail was to be made in our shores, and further that ‘any food supplies as were necessary could be imported from elsewhere’.

Political independence released in us the freedom to pursue regional unity and to establish our own regional alliances and organizations operating in the interests of the people of the region through the safeguard and buffer against marauding international capital.

Political independence also for the first time gave us a voice on international stages to call on Europe for the payment of Reparations by the Governments of all the former colonial powers and the relevant institutions of those countries, to the nations and people of the Caribbean Community for the Crimes against Humanity of Native Genocide, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and a racialised system of chattel Slavery. It is this quest that the ABRSC as a member of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) chaired by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, pursues with vigour.

The same way many thinkers saw the last half of the twentieth century as a period of decolonization and the struggle for independence, reparationists/activists see the first half of this century as the struggle for reparations. We would be betraying our forbears if we did not further their struggles for independence into the struggle for human rights that demand reparatory justice as the basis of the closure to the crime against humanity committed against Africans and their descendants in the region.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Dr. James Knight where is your dashiki? You mean you’re still wearing the European clothes to a reparations gathering? lol

    Prince Klass haffu roll over inna he grave.

  2. Where is the political independence? Isn’t the Queen the head of parliament?

    And these blindly educated men can’t reason this?

    There is no political independence it’s just slavery under a different name.

    The Queen’s permission is required to enact any law that the parliament cartoon wishes to enforce.

    The fact that they could not change Sunday to a regular work day says it all. The queen would as head of the church of England would not consent to that.

  3. @WOW:The man does not wear a so called African dashiki.And you are ready to behead him.I have been to several countries in Africa.I have seen many dressed like Dr.Knight.I do hope you are not wearing anything made any where else but on the Continent of Africa.You are so small and narrow minded.You are judging the man by his attire.Are you implying that those in African garbs.Are more into Africa than Dr.Knight.You should judge others by what comes out of their mouths.Not what they wear,many thieves wear African garbs and three piece suits and ties.

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