Caribbean Nations Seeking Compensation for Slavery

Ben Fox, AP, July 25, 2013

Leaders of more than a dozen Caribbean countries are launching a united effort to seek compensation from three European nations for what they say is the lingering legacy of the Atlantic slave trade.

The Caribbean Community, a regional organization that typically focuses on rather dry issues such as economic integration, has taken up the cause of compensation for slavery and the genocide of native peoples and is preparing for what would likely be a drawn-out battle with the governments of Britain, France and the Netherlands.

Caricom, as the organization is known, has enlisted the help of a prominent British human rights law firm and is creating a Reparations Commission to press the issue, said Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, who has been leading the effort.

The legacy of slavery includes widespread poverty and the lack of development that characterizes most of the region, Gonsalves said, adding that any settlement should include a formal apology, but contrition alone would not be sufficient.

“The apology is important but that is wholly insufficient,” he said in a phone interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. “We have to have appropriate recompense.”

{snip} Earlier this month, leaders from the 14 Caricom nations voted unanimously at a meeting in Trinidad to wage a joint campaign that those involved say would be more ambitious than any previous effort.

Each nation that does not have a national reparations commission agreed to set one up, sending a representative to the regional commission, which would be overseen by prime ministers. They agreed to focus on Britain on behalf of the English-speaking Caribbean as well as France for the slavery in Haiti and the Netherlands for Suriname, a former Dutch colony on the northeastern edge of South America that is a member of Caricom.


Caribbean officials have not mentioned a specific monetary figure but Gonsalves and Verene Shepherd, chairwoman of the national reparations commission in Jamaica, both mentioned the fact that Britain at the time of emancipation in 1834 paid 20 million pounds to British planters in the Caribbean, the equivalent of 200 billion pounds today.

“Our ancestors got nothing,” Shepherd said. “They got their freedom and they were told ‘Go develop yourselves.'”

British High Commissioner to Jamaica David Fitton was quizzed on the issue Wednesday during a radio interview and said that . . . his government opposes reparations for slavery.


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  • JohnEngelman

    The British should ask compensation for the fact that Caribbean Negroes are better off than African Negroes.

    • 48224

      Exactly, the British should offer to ship them all back to Africa and call it even. I predict no takers.

  • willbest

    Just once I would like to see a developed country send one of these countries a bill for their share of the R&D costs for whatever vaccines, drugs, technology, keeping piracy on the high sees at bay, their pro rata share for stopping the Nazis from eventually getting around to eradicating them. The British could even send out bills for their cost, plus interest, and penalties for ending slavery.

    • Juan Outtamany

      hardly fair, friend.
      The world has the SUPER SOAKER. It was the invention of a black man… and granted, the squirt gun was already invented… but that would surely offset all those vaccines and jazz

      • me

        Black invention myths….LOL! They can’t even invent a good reason for anyone to like them.

        • johnbull88

          They claim Jesus was gay. Is that true as well.

          • me

            Nope. He was married to Mary of Magdela… have to be married to become a rabbi, which Jesus was.

  • Juan Outtamany

    I suppose the UK could pay the airfare to send them back to Arf-rica. That is what they want, right…. to have never left Africa

  • kjh64

    Just another scam to get money. Those suing now were never slaves. A lot of people, of all races, all over the globe, in the distant past were enslaved and/or treated badly. What does that have to do with today? A big, fat nothing. These countries already have received plenty of money and aid from the British and still do, I’ll bet.

  • Spartacus

    “The legacy of slavery includes widespread poverty and the lack of
    development that characterizes most of the region, Gonsalves said,
    adding that any settlement should include a formal apology, but
    contrition alone would not be sufficient.”


    No,that’s the legacy of what your race does everywhere on Earth, regardless of circumstances. Every black country/city/town/neighborhood in the world is a hell-hole of murder, rape, disease and illiteracy, it’s how it’s always been, and it’s how it’ll always be.

    You vermin should be honored anyone thought you were good enough to be slaves.

  • haroldcrews

    I certainly hope that France seeks compensation for the loss of a valuable colony and the massacre of all the Whites on Santo Domingo.

    • Juan Outtamany

      Haiti is a paradise since all the white land owners were killed and their women were captured

      • me

        Haiti is the standard by which all should measure the results of Black rule…

    • me

      Yup. If my great grandparents were killed by feral Blacks, I’d demand reparations. Beat them at their own greed game…

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Since there’s apparently no statute of limitations on these things, I move that we demand reparations from the Mongols for their well-documented genocide against whites. After that, there are plenty of other groups that we can hold legitimate historical grievances against.

    • dmxinc

      The Turks and Constantinople plus everything else that is “Turkey” today.

    • Sloppo

      No statute of limitations? Interesting. Recently discovered archaeological evidence indicates that the first humans in America were of European origin, arriving thousands of years before the east asian migrants which displaced them. Perhaps Europeans should seek reparations for the theft of the North and South American continents and the genocide of our cousins who lived there.

    • Wethepeople

      The Romans captured Britons, Gauls and other Germanic tribes and forced them to fight lions, dangerous animals and each other as well as other grueling forms of labor. I would like to file a lawsuit against Italy (bastardized roman offspring).

  • Ed_NY

    Just another scam and an attempt at winning the ghetto lottery.

  • bigone4u

    The blacks forgot to sue Israel. The descendants of many of the slave traders ended up living in Israel.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Just another way to say…

  • So CAL Snowman

    So will France be requesting reparations from Haiti?

    • BlarneyMiller

      That line is very telling. The ridiculous part is that the speaker does not seem to realize how truly pathetic it makes black people sound. It’s basically an unwitting admission that they need whites in order to have a functioning society.

  • Luca

    I think they also forgot to sue Spain and the numerous African countries who actually rounded up and provided the slaves.

    And let’s not forget the Jewish merchants who provided ships and financing as well. That would be a real side-splitter, the Caribbean’s accusing the Jews of a negro holocaust. I’d buy popcorn and front row seats for that one.

    • Andy

      Where did you get this information about financing?

      • Luca

        Google and wikipedia “Jews and the slave trade”.

        • Andy

          Thank you.

    • Strider73

      Turning that around, perhaps the Jews should demand reparations from Egypt for their centuries of enslavement before the Exodus.

      Then Egypt will no doubt demand reparations from God for the 10 plagues.

  • sbuffalonative

    Well, Britain opened the door when they settled with the Mau Mau. Everyone will have their handout now.

  • OhWow

    Blacks already get amazing compensation these days. They get the following reparations:

    1. Their own race card to use whenever they wish
    2. The ability to never have anyone ever be able to criticize you from a different race
    3. The ability to call someone a “racist” and get them fired for it
    4. The glorious depiction in the media as big, strong, godlike figures
    5. Government handouts while whites pay for them
    6. Affirmative action aka legalized racism
    7. White liberals/white guilt
    8. Always being able to blame others for their own failures and it’s never seen as wrong

    • Puggg

      9. Kid glove treatment from the criminal justice system generally speaking

  • “Our ancestors got nothing,” Shepherd said. “They got their freedom and they were told ‘Go develop yourselves.’”

    They got their freedom and in the case of Haiti, after killing all the resident Whites who couldn’t or didn’t get out, their property. Sounds very Detroitesque to me.

    And Haitians being involved in this after they slaughtered all the White females who hadn’t engaged in miscegenation and all the White males is representative of the hate that that blacks have for Whites, and their audacity in having no self-respect, you owes us.

  • Sick of it

    So the Haitians are going to sue the French for genocide and poverty…I think France would win on a counter claim.

  • Nathanwartooth

    ” as well as France for the slavery in Haiti”

    I seriously started busted up laughing when I read this.

  • MBlanc46

    They got nothing? They got free passage out of Africa. They ought to owe the Europeans billions when you figure in interest and inflation.

    • evilsandmich

      Exactly. How many foreigners (or even natives) enslaved in Soviet gulags stuck around after they closed up?

  • Who ever said that slave labor is cheap, when hundreds of years after the fact we’re still being asked to pay for the social costs, when those who directly reaped the profits seem to be invisible.
    One thing is for sure, these descendants of slaves are only asking for a handout because they know that our moral vanity and selfish compassion makes us Westerns weak.

    And when does the statue of limitations on slave guilt run out exactly? Say we pay off the great grand children (or great, great etc) of the actual slaves, whats to stop the next generation also putting their hand out, will this ever end?

    Half my background is Irish, does the British Government owe my tortured genetic memories anything?
    Blacks would be nothing without Whites constantly propping them up, I wish we’d take that step back and let them stand on their own two feet, because ironically we’re not helping them by helping them.

    • TheAntidote

      “Does the British government owe the Irish anything?”

      I would say yes and no but mostly no. They did disestablish the Church of Ireland and they did boot out the Anglos, and allow for the tenants to buy their farms, they did also apologize for the holocaust of the famine.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Carribean countries are poor because the men lie around all day, smoke a fat doobie ( or 5), and then they do the purple penis horizontal mambo with their women. ‘It all be good man, whitey will pick up the check’.

  • The Final Solution

    Whites have overcome everything that the world has thrown at them but blacks just can’t get over a few centuries of slavery. i’m not so sure whites will overcome political correctness and liberalism.

    • Webspin

      “Overcome” implies they suffered a setback. Slavery, while wrong on all counts wasn’t a setback for peoples living in the jungles and experiencing periodic mass starvation’s. The populations of Africa remained very low till white charity caused it to bloom in the 1940’s.

    • johnbull88

      Never met a black liberal in Africa, so why do we produce lots of them in America.

  • WR_the_realist

    The right and morally correct thing to do is to restore the black inhabitants of the Caribbean to where they’d be had there never been slavery. So I recommend that we send every black person in the Caribbean to west Africa. Problem solved.

  • IstvanIN

    Tell every Caribbean nation that they get £50,000 for very black they take off the UK’s hands.

    • johnbull88

      I will rather give the money to our beloved Royal Family

      • IstvanIN

        Get rid of the black grifters and you’ll have more money for the Queen and all her subjects.

        • johnbull88

          As you can tell i hate the poor and the middle class. Power to our master classes.

  • Are heterosexual men allowed to work at that firm?

    A few blacks are there, but the bulk of the firm is women and faggoty looking men.

  • KenelmDigby

    20 million pounds in 1834 is NOT the ‘equivalent’ of 200 billion pounds today.
    – Inflation in the past 200 years or so in Britain has been marked, but it definitely has not been by a factor of 10,000.
    The appropriate multiplier is more like 50.

  • KenelmDigby

    Just when will this end?, How many more centuries, nay, millenia will pass until blacks cease and desist from claiming that whitey owes them a living?
    My guess is that it won’t stop until Whites are completely expunged from the planet.
    And by the way, what about a claim aganit the descendants of African tribesmen who captured and sold the captives in the first place?

    • saxonsun

      It ends when whites end it. That simple.

  • FalkoBaumgartner

    Fair enough. The Royal Navy should offer to deport the black Caribbeans back to Africa for free, because they occupy a land to which they were clearly forced to come to and did not belong to them. Asking for compensation AND staying in the Caribbean would be contradictory, though, they cannot have both.

  • Spartacus

    Oh please, blacks haven’t developed anything in their entire history. They’re just parasites, nothing else.

  • Webspin

    The ‘gift’ that keeps on taking.

  • East Europeans want compensation for 500 years of slavery under the Ottoman Empire.

  • Defiant White

    I want an apology for having to read about another group of scumbags demanding an apology.

    • johnbull88

      Power to the Rich and neo-cons.

  • Defiant White

    The truly hard working slaves died. Thus, we can conclude that today’s blacks descended from the laziest and useless of all the slaves . . . but not necessarily the most stupid. Go back to Africa? Hah! How many cruise ships jam-packed full of drunken YTs on vacation tie up in the Congo?

  • Elena Andbasket

    Fine, give them compensation… when they go back home to Africa and give us back the islands we gave to them.

  • dean53

    When are n-words going to realize that it is GOD they should sue?? since God is the one who created them the way they are. Doesn’t matter where n-words end up, or how or why they got there; absent white assist, the end result is always the same.

  • Ella

    Everyone works the angle to get ahead and lawyers just become richer. Our Constitution does not support “guilt by blood” or generational punishments. Then you also need to pay out the Irish, German and English indentured servants. Also we need to pay damages to 12,000 Germans and Italians who were put in WW2 internment camps like the Japanese Americans already received. Africans need to pay out for the 1.3 million Whites kidnapped into sex and other forms of slavery over 500 yrs. in Middle East/Northern Africa. Maybe, we all just break even at the end.

  • Since Caribbean blacks are the descendants of people sold into slavery by other Africans, I believe their real monetary claim is against west Africa’s coastal nations. Lots of luck getting any money out of Liberia or Sierra Leone!

  • The lot of the average “slave” in the island colonies and in North America increased dramatically once they were taken into slavery. First, slaves were often POWs of tribal wars and were otherwise going to be executed. They were sold into slavery by their BLACK AFRICAN captors who often exchanged them for guns, powder, and munitions to use in tribal wars against other black africans. Second, the life expectancy of the average slave nearly doubled as soon as they stepped off the boat. Death by starvation and infectious disease was exceptionally rare among african slaves compared to their populations back home. The nations in Africa colonized by European nations had exponentially higher standards of living than the rest. Kenya had a standard of living on par with South Korea before they chimped out and chased the British colonialists out, when it promptly reverted to a 3rd world african dump. Help these people as you may, any progress you make will be fleeting and at your own expense, and you WILL be hated for it.

  • johnbull88

    What amazes me about blacks is they worship a gay man called Jesus whose mother Mary was a prostitute. What a disgusting religion.

  • johnbull88

    They Hitlers chosen people.

  • TheAntidote

    That’s pretty foolish. Of course we know now the British government gave support to the nationalist and loyalist terrorism. As far as I know Irish Northern Aid in NYC paid for toothbrushes, spam and blankets for the freedom fighters and their families. Are you claiming the British underwrote 911 and the Marathon atrocity?