Professor Sir Hilary Beckles: “Reparations call for a development model”
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission during an interview reports that British financial institutions and the Church of England acknowledged and apologised for their ties to the slave trade during the past week, and committed to fund projects to provide opportunities for minorities.
According to Vice-Chancellor Beckles, “These institutions need to come back to the site of their enrichment and participate in the legacy. This is not unreasonable. It is moral and just and the kind of standard management thinking one would expect in the 21st century. To issue statements of regret and apology from a distance as a public relations exercise...in public spectacle is unacceptable and absolutely rejected by the people in the Caribbean. What they are asking for is dialogue, negotiation and the participation in a system of economic development that will help these societies to move forward.”