Maand: oktober 2013

Confronting the Legacies of Slavery

Here are excerpts from an op-ed (The New York Times) by Laurent Dubois (Duke University) on the legacies of slavery, reparation, compensation, abandoning condescending visions of the Caribbean, and “consigning racial discrimination, exploitation and political exclusion to the past.” Late one afternoon in March, officials unveiled a new monument at the University of the West…

Door Peter Sanches 29 oktober, 2013 Uit

Caribbean Nations to Seek Reparations, Putting Price on Damage of Slavery

LONDON — In a 2008 biography he wrote of an antislavery campaigner, Britain’s foreign secretary, William Hague, described the trade in human beings as an indefensible barbarity, “brutal, mercenary and inhumane from its beginning to its end.” Fourteen Caribbean countries that once sustained that slave economy now want Mr. Hague to put his money where…

Door Peter Sanches 21 oktober, 2013 Uit

Why are so many middle-class children speaking in Jamaican patois? A father of an 11-year-old girl laments a baffling trend

Nick Harding worries about the new “linguistic affectation” that England’s young people have adopted—a hybrid of accents incorporating “Jamaican patois, American west coast and London.” He wonders why so many English children are speaking a version of what academics call ‘Multicultural Youth English’, or MYE—a mix of South Londonese and Western American, with strong Jamaican…

Door Peter Sanches 13 oktober, 2013 Uit

Legacy of Slavery Still Monumental

Brimstone Hill Cannon in St. Kitts (Thinkstock) The reparations movement in the Caribbean has lessons for blacks in the U.S. All of this activity by CARICOM doesn’t mean that there’s universal support across the Caribbean for reparations. There are plenty of voices against the idea. Before, during and after the conference, they were heating up…

Door Peter Sanches 13 oktober, 2013 Uit

‘Ark of Return’: Telling the stories of 15 million slaves in a UN permanent memorial

Judges, Rodney Leon and the “Ark of Return,” the winning design for the Permanent Memorial in Honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Photo: DPI 23 September 2013 – A Manhattan-based architect of Haitian descent was today announced as the winner of an international competition to design a memorial that will…

Door Peter Sanches 5 oktober, 2013 Uit

Blood money

LAST month Rodney Leon, a Haitian-American architect, won a competition for a memorial to victims of the slave trade. His white marble “Ark of Return”, shaped somewhat like a paper boat, will stand outside the UN headquarters in New York. Inside the building, some Caribbean leaders have used their annual General Assembly speaking slots to…

Door Peter Sanches 4 oktober, 2013 Uit

For Orquesta Buena Vista, the ‘son’ also rises

Alejandro Perez WE BE CLUBBIN’: Barbarito Torres, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal, and Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club When Cuban guitarist Eliades Ochoa convened with a group of seasoned Cuban musicians and American guitarist Ry Cooder to record an album of Cuban son music for the World Circuit record…

Door Peter Sanches 4 oktober, 2013 Uit