Glasgow University to pay back £200m in reparations to the region

Sir Hilary Beckles, UWI Vice Chancellor

Sir Hilary Beckles Vice Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI) announced in an interview with the Jamaica News Network (JNN) the United Kingdom based University of Glasgow is planning to pay reparations for £200 million taken from the Caribbean according to a Jamaica Gleaner report.

Beckles following his return from meeting with the University in the UK stated : “The University of Glasgow has recognised that Jamaican slave owners had adopted the University of Glasgow as their university of choice and that £200 million of value was extracted from Jamaica and the Caribbean.”

Beckles pointed out that the Vice Chancellor of Glasgow University opened up their records, which showed a ‘massive influx’ of grants and endowments from Jamaica.

 

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19 Comments

  1. Modern times
    November 26, 2018

    So… all while europeans were standing idly by eh?…so you drank the coolaid right? This is a new school of propaganda that started by using the churches; right after the Black Power Movement had the audacity to stand up to the white power establishment, shattering everything they taught their victims about themselves and the continent Africa. They did the same with the American Indians. I’m quite sure you hated the Indians after you read the propaganda including movies that showed the Indians hurting and killing the whites right? I did too. Some sort of slavery happened in many parts of the world particularly europe where they were at war all the time, which led to inventing the gun. The new school has even blamed the Jews for guiding their fellow men to the inferno. Same tactics are today being used to blame women for getting raped, that they dressed provocatively etc. In this day and age there is dire need for you to educate yourself. doe feel bad you’re not alone.

    • Modern times
      November 27, 2018

      @ Channel 1…. this piece is in response to Channel1 the very 1st comment below, see the level of that persons stupidity in this day.

  2. My share
    November 26, 2018

    I want my share,my mother’s share,my father’s shharemy maternal and paternal grandparent’s share,my greatgrandparets share, my great great grandparent’s share,and the list goes on and on.Total reparations at today’s value £1,000,000,000-Yes one billion pounds.I want it.I am waiting for it!,before my death

    • Pipo
      November 27, 2018

      ha, ha, ha joke you making man. Good luck to you.

  3. Shaka Zulu
    November 26, 2018

    Africa have diamonds and most minerals in the world it is cursed with riches. I tell you what, you can give african decendants all the money in the world they just going kill each other for it. While we should be compensated it should be in the form of education for less fortunate and for development of intangibles. Our leaders 50 years ago failed us. In the 70s and 80s they tried but the past 20 years Caribbean leadership has failed to advance its people. Like africa we are now allowing ourselves to be slaves of the Chinese people. Some feast on the ignorance and illiteracy of thier population. No different from the technique used to enslave us. Money is not going solve a change of attitude nor mindset and as long as we see ourselves as ignorant, incapable, dependant beggars my people will always be slaves. They using God now like the days of inquisition. We gain independence to be dependent and we celebrate as an accomplished. Fools will die for want of wisdom.

  4. Bob Denis
    November 26, 2018

    The Attack DOGS will have their say , to some of them, the less being said about my past, the better . As a teenager, our teacher at the time , Rosie Douglas touched on the issue of Reparations , and the struggle needed to achieve our believed goal , some have changed their skin to one of collaborating , but TRUTH will be our illuminating argument . Couple postings back , i asked for Dr Beckles to be our Caricom Engine , an Astute intellect is what needed to guide our clouded mind. DID I HEAR BLACK POWER ANYONE ? .

  5. Sylvester Cadette
    November 26, 2018

    My view on Reparation is not very complex at all :) :) !!
    If we are trying to negotiate reparations from the colonial Governments as a monetary package then I am afraid we may be waiting for eternity.

    My view has always been and will forever remain, unless proven otherwise, that we must seek reparations along the lines of educational development, research, innovation and entrepreneurship, science and technology and negotiate partnerships with these Governments to fund it. That approach will be more palatable and achievable. And once funded while we are at the educational development, the research, the innovation and entrepreneurship, the science and technology then we must excel, excel, excel to the fullest!!

    This is the message I have sounded to my children: “Set your anchors down, craft your vision, work towards it assiduously, stay the course, forge partnerships – my mantra being “THE BEST REVENGE IS MASSIVE SUCCESS”.

    That is the more likely formula for Reparations!!

    • Shaka Zulu
      November 26, 2018

      Sylvester good to see you still there. Agree with you 100%. We focus on money while what needs to change is the mindset of our people. The faxtors that caused us to be enslaved are still ripe and currently being exploited. Belief in ourselves our capabilities our intelligence our effort our ingenuity is none existence. Today we celebrating development from Chinese as our own with lil imput from our own and our leaders want us to sit be happy and be proud. Sadly a lot of us choose to remain enslaved.

      • Sylvester Cadette
        November 27, 2018

        Sure I am always there (Thank God!!). Observing, crafting my thought process, learning from others. You are right about the factors that enslave us.
        Dominica and the Caribbean seem trapped in a SISYPHEAN Dilemma, epitomizes by the destructive characteristics of social discord, division, polarization by THREE Political Tribes and by plain downright stupidity.
        What I see reminds me of the Jamaican epic writer, Orlando Patterson’s book “Children of Sisyphus” of Life in the “Dungle” that characterizes the ghetto of Jamaica – a characterization based on the Greek mythic figure of Sisyphus who was cursed by the gods to roll a stone up a hill and to every time he reaches close to the summit the stone rolls back down, only for him to start all over again – a life of worthless, meaningless toil. At least he finds consolation in that he is doing something but sadly, never getting to the summit. Remember the French Philosopher Jean-Paul Satre’s essay on “Being and Nothingness”?

      • Sylvester Cadette
        November 27, 2018

        Contd.
        And to demonstrate the Sisyphean Dilemma in Dominica’s socio-economic development over the years – just picture this:
        Dominica in 1900 – flat on its face at the turn of the century but we climbed
        By 1918-1920 – Dominica flat again – OK Mother country at War WWI but we climbed again
        By 1940 – we flat again – Vanilla in trouble. OK again blame Mother country at War WWII
        By 1960 – after a little climb we flat again giving rise to consolidation of trade unions, new political parties (Labour & DUPP) and the Credit Union League in an effort to climb
        By 1980 – we flat again, socio-political unrest, economic dislocation, Hurricane David, skewed governance but we again climbed reaching a peak by Reunion 1988 then we declined again
        By 2000 – we flat again with austerity, divisions, loss of direction;
        What do you see? A 20 YEAR CYCLE OF THE SISYPHEAN DILEMMA!!
        By 2020 ??? I WARN that such a decline is imminent unless we refocus. Be ye transformed by the renewing of your…

    • Liz M
      November 26, 2018

      You are so right, and that is what I have heard Dr. Beckles proposing all long, like the Marshall plan that rebuilt Japan for the betterment of their citizens after the ravages of WWII making them an economic force today.

    • Carltymas
      November 27, 2018

      Rightly said, brother. I believe that this is the lag in the entire process. The crown refuses to apologize for the century of ill against the African Slaves, the Indigenous People and the indentured Chinese and Indians in the Caribbean, not because they don’t think that Ecomineda, Transatlantic Slave Trade or indentureship programmes were fair too all and the end result were inconsequential but because they know that a public apology is a public acknowledgement of what is due to the Caribbean financially. We must take into consideration what socio-economic benefits we can gain from this and work from that angle as you’ve rightly stated.

  6. Me
    November 26, 2018

    “Proactive programme of reparative justice” is not at all the same as £200 million. Perhaps the descendants of the ruler of Dahomey could contribute.

  7. pricillia christmas
    November 26, 2018

    surprisingly that is not what it says anywhere on the glasgow university website

    https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/headline_607154_en.html

    hope the link works. Because the Glasgow university website says nothing about paying any money back to Jamaica. so i do not know what miss understanding has led to this badly researched article.

    ADMIN: Read the original story (link provided in this article) this information comes directly from the vice chancellor of UWI.

    Additionally, the Glasgow University website states in the link you provided: “The University has now agreed a proactive programme of reparative justice which includes the creation of a centre for the study of slavery and a memorial or tribute at the University in the name of the enslaved.”

    “The University is also working with the University of the West Indies (UWI) and hopes to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen academic collaboration between the two institutions.”

    • tracy daniel
      November 26, 2018

      still dosent say that 200m will be paid to anyone so that article is wrong in every sense of the word and by the way, the backlash from the Glasgow university has already stared as this guy is already being labelled as basically a liar as he is saying things that were never agreed on by either party

      ADMIN: What backlash and who is labeling him as a liar?

  8. jam jam
    November 26, 2018

    how will these reparations be handled? Will individual citizens get $500 each, or will governments pocket the funds and do as they please as always?

  9. Channel 1
    November 26, 2018

    Ummmm….. since is money somebody looking for, when will the governments in Africa & universities in Africa pay reparations to the Caribbean for the roles Africans played in the slave trade?

    After all, it was the black man who started slavery by enslaving his own black brethren and selling them to the Europeans; the Europeans merely expanded the slave trade across the Atlantic.

    Even today, black men & women continues to enslave their fellow black brethren & sistren through various means.

    • Modern times
      November 27, 2018

      So… all while europeans were standing idly by eh?… you drank the coolaid right? This is a new school of propaganda that started by using the churches; right after the Black Power Movement had the audacity to stand up to the white power establishment, shattering everything they taught their victims about themselves and the continent Africa. They did the same with the American Indians. I’m quite sure you hated the Indians after you read the propaganda including movies that showed the Indians hurting and killing the whites right? I did too. Some sort of slavery happened in many parts of the world particularly europe where they were at war all the time and enslaved prisoners. Then inventing the gun. The new school has even blamed the Jews for guiding their fellow men to the inferno. Same tactics today being used to blame women for getting raped, that they dressed provocatively etc. In this day and age there is dire need for you to educate yourself. doe feel bad you’re not alone.

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