would also be useful for us to recall that when the English government ‘abolished’ slavery in 1834, they paid the West Indian slave masters £20 million in compensation and the enslaved Africans absolutely nothing. In a sense, this was a distorted and perverted use of the concept of Reparations – compensation or reparation for the criminal oppressors. When today we look back at this perverted use of the concept of reparations two hundred years ago, we cannot help but wonder at the heartlessness and moral blindness of these people. How could they have compensated the slave master, but not the slave, who had been forced to give the slave master a lifetime of unpaid work?
Reparations and Caribbean Integration
P.74 • an urgent call to the Caribbean ~ the case for Caribbean de-colonization, integration & political union