Harvard Responds To PM’s Demand For Reparations

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The President of Harvard University Lawrence S. Bacow has responded to a call by Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s request for reparations.

Browne wrote Harvard on October 30, 2019 asking for a meeting to discuss Antigua’s demands for reparations.

In his response published in the Harvard Crimson Bascow said Harvard has done a lot of acknowledge its role in slavery.

In a letter Tuesday, noting actions taken during Faust’s presidency to acknowledge Harvard’s connections to slavery, including the installation of a memorial commemorating the enslaved individuals that contributed to Harvard Law School’s founding.

Bacow said he considers the memorial’s establishment — along with the removal of the Law School’s seal containing the Royall family crest in 2016 — to be in “significant steps” toward acknowledging Harvard’s history, but noted the need for additional work.

“We recognize that there is more work to be done,” Bacow wrote. “Indeed, Harvard is determined to take additional steps to explore this institution’s historical relationship with slavery and the challenging moral questions that arise when confronting past injustices and their legacies. Harvard is also committed to working with other educational institutions to study slavery and its legacy.”

Browne’s letter comes as Harvard has increasingly been forced to reckon with its ties to slavery in recent years.

In March, Tamara K. Lanier filed a lawsuit claiming that the University possessed and profited from daguerreotypes of her ancestors that are believed to be the oldest existing photographs of American slaves.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Not sure what other action we were expecting from them. I’m surprised they even took the time to reply.

    • They have to reply as a tertiary institution. It would not be good for the perception of the entity’s legitimacy for reach to every community.

  2. Gaston dnt want acknowledgements.
    HE NEED THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS MADE IN COLD HARD. CASH…..CASH COW …MORE CASH ….

    HE NEEDS CASH… EVERYTHING TO BE A MONETARY ACTIONS

    NO FREE SCHOOLARSHIPS JUS CASH ME OUT

  3. Gaston go sleep every night & dream about money money & more money. He trying to bleed every nook & cranny for his appetite for people’s money. He loves more money than a cash pan. Who next Gaston?

  4. He must be family to Robert Mugabe. Look at what he allegedly own, he & Son, in such a short time at the helm. The love of State money is going choke him to death. Walk slow Gaston Mugabe & live long. You moving too fast. Sticky fingers all!

  5. Silly people A man fighting for his people and his country and the critics have nothing good to say about that. Well I am waiting to see the day when the first batch of Antiguans are granted scholarships to this prestigious University. Hope they will say thankyou Gaston Browne

  6. Although it’s a small step to acknowledge and erect a monument it’s a sure sign that this small step can lead to giant steps.

  7. We all Know that its money Gaston looking for, what scholarships you talking About, in the few years that he has been in Office, what has he done for the poor people in this country Gaston is all about filling his pocket with money

  8. THE CHINESE ARE COLONISING A&B, DOES HE CARE. HE OPEN ALL DOORS TO THE CHINESE, NO BIG DEAL. A&B CITIZENS PLS WAKE UP & SMELL THE COFFEE. GASTON CARE ABOUT MONEY ONLY. WHO NEXT HE’S GOING TRY TO SHAKE DOWN?

  9. The maladies of public life. Here is aLeader, a decedent Of slaves, raising the question of reparation for all slave decedents of our country and your level of criticism is to imply he wants money. Go back and read his letter. We now have a University here and Harvard can be of great importance along these lines. Give a little respect!

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