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Caribbean philosophy and the claims for reparations

Caribbean Studies Association
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  • Caribbean ( Lcsh )
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science


Submitted by: Nadeen Spence CARIBBEAN PHILOSOPHY AND THE CLAIMS FOR REPARATIONS In 1825, Haiti was made to pay 150 million Francs to the French government to compensate French planters for loss of property in the Haitian Revolution. France claimed that Haiti caused her a major financial blow and that the revolution had caused the loss of much of its resources; in order for Haiti to be recognised as a community of states, reparations had to be made. France got reparations for the damages that she , claimed Haiti had done to her. In the early post emancipation years, the slave masters (that is, those of the Anglophone Caribbean) received millions of pound sterling as - reparations for the slaves that they lost. This is the typical experience of what a country, nation or state should do when it realises that it has been wronged by another. Yet the Caribbean, even though its people recognise that a great injustice has been done to them, to this day, has not made a case for reparations. The African slave descendants in the United States have made a sound cry for reparations, but there have been no such cries in the Caribbean, a comparison cannot be struck. The Caribbean needs to make its claim for reparations and recognise that such reparation is imperative for the further development and continuance of our philosophy. The refusal to deal with our Caribbean reality on the mainstream in international affairs has lead to the undermining of our philosophy; we are a people with a philosophy and it has been ignored because that which brought us here as a people (slavery) and its harsh realities' have been ignored. It has been seen as a civilising mission and thus some of our people like those responsible, see what they did as a 'saving grace' and thus every thing that is done by them must be what is 'the good' for us. There is absolutely no doubt, that it was out of this nefarious practice that the idea was born that those in the re

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