Stephen Lashley, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Receive Reparations Report: Caricom News, February News, February 9, 2018 [Don Rojas].

Barbados has made another step towards the goal of obtaining regional reparations. This step comes as members of the island's Reparations Task Force recently presented Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, with an official report on arguments in support of reparations, in his Ministry's Conference Room at Sky Mall. After receiving the document, Mr. Lashley noted that he was very pleased to see the work conducted by the Task Force, which was established in 2012.

He noted that the Reparations Project was not only conceptualised to secure monetary payment, but also to form part of a "multi-faceted campaign designed to sensitise the Barbadian public on the historical and contemporary issues that inform an understanding of the meaning of reparations".

The Minister further noted that the initiative taken by Government to establish a national Reparations Task Force must be placed within the context of regional developments aimed at the upliftment and betterment of Caribbean nationals.

He then cited the diplomatic effort made by the CARICOM countries at the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in 2001, and the joint CARICOM/African Union Conference on Reparations that was held in Barbados in August 2007.

Chairperson of the Reparations Task Force, Professor Emeritus Pedro Welch, then reiterated that reparations were not only a monetary issue, but in fact an element of self-repair.

"We need to find ways to let people know it is alright to be black; it is alright to be African, it is nothing to be ashamed of... some of our behaviours we can't explain other than that this is a reaction to what was done to our people... there is a psychological impact which is transferred in the culture of the people," Professor Welch stated.

The Chairperson then noted that there was a serious need for the institutions and countries complicit in perpetuating the enslavement of...

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