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London University Calls for £100m Slavery Reparation

By Reparations

Universities in the UK which benefited in previous centuries from the slave trade should contribute to a £100m fund to support ethnic minority students, says a university leader. By Sean Coughlan, BBC News — Geoff Thompson, chair of governors of the University of East London, says it would be “ethical and right” for universities to contribute. He says it would help young people who otherwise could not afford to graduate. Last…

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Jeremy Corbyn waves after making his inaugural speech at the Queen Elizabeth Centre in central London, Sept. 12, 2015.

Jeremy Corbyn Says UK Schools Should Teach Colonialism, Slavery History

By News & Current Affairs

“Let’s understand our history, let’s understand the brutality that went with it and let’s understand the immense bravery of people that spoke out,” said Corbyn. By TeleSur — Jeremy Corbyn has announced proposals to increase the amount of Black history taught in schools, along with the history of the British empire, colonialism, and slavery, which becomes much more important in light of the recent Windrush scandal. “Black history is British history, and…

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It's racism... The Windrush Generation has been treated abysmally by this government and it needs to stop," said protester Ros Griffiths.

‘It’s Racism’: Protest Supports UK’s Windrush Generation

By News & Current Affairs

The British government destroyed thousands of arrival cards in 2010, sparking widespread outrage among the affected Caribbean immigrants. “It’s racism… The Windrush Generation has been treated abysmally by this government and it needs to stop,” protester Ros Griffiths told teleSUR. “The issues are relating to the policies that have made it very hostile for immigrants and even when they arrived – some in the late 40s, some in the 50s and in the 60s, when my parents got…

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness speak during a bilateral meeting at 10 Downing Street, London, Tuesday April 17, 2018

UK leader sorry for Caribbean citizens immigration mix-up

By News & Current Affairs

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May made a personal apology Tuesday for the treatment of long-term U.K. residents from the Caribbean who have been asked to prove their right to stay in the country or face deportation. The plight of legal residents wrongly identified as living in Britain illegally has erupted as the country hosts leaders from the 53-nation Commonwealth of the U.K. and its former colonies. May…

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When will Britain face up to its crimes against humanity?

When will Britain face up to its crimes against humanity?

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

After the abolition of slavery, Britain paid millions in compensation – but every penny of it went to slave owners, and nothing to those they enslaved. We must stop overlooking the brutality of British history. By Kris Manjapra, The Guardian — On 3 August 1835, somewhere in the City of London, two of Europe’s most famous bankers came to an agreement with the chancellor of the exchequer. Two years earlier,…

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The Jamaican Parishes of St Thomas and St Mary Paid a Heavy Price for Freedom

By Reparations

By Prof. Verene Shepherd (Centre for Reparation Research) and Ahmed Reid (City University of New York) — In a New York Times article by Stephen Castle of December 27, 2014, ironically the anniversary of the outbreak of the war led by Samuel Sharpe that hastened legislative Emancipation by the British, we learned that after a financial crash in 1720, called the South Sea Bubble, the British government was forced to undertake…

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The Centre for Reparation Research at The University of the West Indies confronts claims by British Treasury

By Reparations, Video/Audio

February 21, 2018 — Media Conference: The Centre for Reparation Research at The University of the West Indies confronts claims by British Treasury. Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor, The UWI & Chair, Caricom Reparation Commission The Hon. Lester Michael Henry, Minister of Transport and Works, Jamaica Professor Verene Shepherd, Director, The Centre for Reparation Research, The UWI Lord Anthony Gifford, National Council on Reparation, Jamaica Also see these related articles…

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The Cameron Deception: The UK Refuses To Apologize For Slavery While Paying Off Debts Up To 2015

The Cameron Deception: The UK Refuses To Apologize For Slavery While Paying Off Debts Up To 2015

By Reparations

On September 30, 2015 when Prime Minister David Cameron of Great Britain & Northern Ireland addressed the Jamaican Parliament and told the people of the island and region that slavery was a long time ago and that it was time black people ‘get over it’, he was not speaking the truth. He was speaking the greatest falsehood of the modern era in respect of the crime of British slavery. He…

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The British Treasury’s tweet shows slavery is still misunderstood

The British Treasury’s tweet shows slavery is still misunderstood

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

The modern equivalent of £17bn was paid out to compensate slave owners for the loss of their human property. Some people believe we should be proud. By David Olusoga — It is hard to imagine why somebody at the Treasury thought that the subject of slavery was fertile territory from which they might harvest their weekly “surprising #FridayFact”. Just after lunchtime on 9 February the department’s Twitter page presented its third of a million followers with its latest offering. “Millions of you helped end the slave trade through your taxes,” it trumpeted.

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