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Slave Trade: Who Must Pay?
Not for the first time some Afro Caribbean voices are singing the song of “reparations” for those who are descendants of slaves, brought from the African continent to the Caribbean. Barbados Prime Minister Frundel Stuart is the latest front man for those who seek money and other resources, primarily from the white European countries, totally ignoring the African culprits who sold their own people into slavery.
Bajan Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Steven Lashley is quoted as saying (Newsday, August 5): “Compensation for the drudgery of the slave trade and for enslavement remains a burning issue on the agenda.” The indigenous people who have almost disappeared and whose lands we all continue to occupy, received no sympathy or compensation from Caricom governments who now rule over these indigenous lands.
The Barbados Minister of Culture, quoted above, is also quoted as saying “we have leaders in Barbados who have taken the vanguard of Africanism and black identity.” But the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha wishes to remind him and his cohorts that Barbados is a tiny island with a mixed population and almost totally dependant upon the white tourists to sustain its economy.
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