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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …