NEW YORK — Racism is a topic that usually divides black and white Americans. However, iconic civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson said there is one contentious race-mired issue where blacks and whites seemingly share a similar posture.
History was made when the National/International Reparations Summit was held in New York City, bringing delegates and attendees from here locally and around the world. The gathered leaders of the Reparations Movement will network, compare notes, and then strategize on concrete measures for pressing demands. Speakers came from the African continent, from Europe, from the Caribbean and elsewhere around the world. They gathered to continue the momentum from 2013 when Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines brought Reparations to the global community, before world leaders, in a ground-breaking speech before the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Since then, under the umbrella of CARICOM, the regional organizations that represent them, several Caribbean nations have filed a lawsuit against European nations, including Britain, France, and the Netherlands, for reparatory justice, as a result of the enslavement of African peoples, and the genocide of indigenous peoples, and the subsequent damages and harm that prevails today in these societies.
The summit also serves as the official launch of the African American Reparations Commission which will work in conjunction with the CARICOM Reparations Commission and European Reparations Commission that have now elevated the Global Reparations Movement under the Caribbean leaders.