Jamaican leaders find no traction on reparations issue with U.K. PM
- British PM David Cameron rejected calls from Jamaican PM Portia Simpson Miller and other Caribbean leaders for reparations and an unconditional apology during his recent visit to Jamaica, the first by a British PM in 14 years.
- Caribbean leaders have chronicled the long-term economic damages that the lack of reparations following Britain’s 1833 emancipation of the enslaved has inflicted on their national economies.
- The call for reparations in the Caribbean has been particularly strong in the region because of the significant financial compensation offered to slave owners at the time of emancipation.
“David Cameron rules out slavery reparation during Jamaica visit” (BBC)
“Apologise for slavery! – Reparations committee wants David Cameron to say sorry for wrongs of UK past” (The Gleaner)
“David Cameron Grapples With Issue of Slavery Reparations in Jamaica” (The New York Times)
“Britain, Jamaica, and the Looming Battle Over Reparations” (The Atlantic)
(Image Credit: Francois Lenoir/Reuters, via The Atlantic)