Bajans to have say on reparations
Barbadians will soon get to have their own say on the issue of reparations from the “Mother Country”.
Minister of Culture, Sport, and Youth Stephen Lashley revealed yesterday that the country’s recently set-up Task Force on Reparations was on the verge of starting a series of public meetings and an islandwide survey to find out just how Barbadians feel about Britain being forced to compensate the country for two generations of enslaving black Africans who were first brought across the Atlantic Ocean.
The ancestors of those blacks currently represent about 97 per cent of the black Barbadian population. Lashley made the revelation at Golden Square in Bridgetown, while paying tribute to National Hero Clement Payne.
Yesterday marked 76 years since the historic 1937 riots, in which Payne, who had agitated against oppression of the masses, was a key figure. (BA)