Sir Hilary responds to Watson
HISTORIAN DR KARL WATSON has been raked over the coals for suggesting there is no proof General Bussa led the 1816 rebellion.
And the harsh criticism is coming from fellow historian Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, who described the claim as “the psychosis of white supremacy”.
Sir Hilary, the vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), tore into Watson’s argument on Thursday night as he delivered the NATION Publishing Co. Ltd-sponsored 31st Elsa Goveia Memorial Lecture themed The Revolution Of General Bussa And The Making Of Barbados Today.
Those gathered at the Cave Hill campus were told in no uncertain terms that the “celebration” of General Bussa occurred in the second revolution, exactly 60 years after he led the revolt.
Sir Hilary said an 1876 editorial in The Times newspaper, which he termed a black people newspaper, made specific mention of the War of General Bussa. (WILLCOMM)
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