Jamaica To Bring Reparations Petition To Queen Of England
The Jamaican Government is currently on the verge of petitioning Queen Elizabeth II of England, or the British Government to compensate the descendants of persons who were subjects of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, for the inhumane treatment their ancestors received during their enslavement.
According to Minister of Culture, Olivia Babsy Grange, the House of Representatives has agreed upon seeking reparations and have already made moves concerning reparation which according to the minister, has gotten the go-ahead from the National Council of Reparation in Jamaica and now needs the Attorney General to do the filing on the people’s behalf.
This is not the first time that such urgency has been placed on the matter, as it was also being pushed for in like manner in the year 2015 when Taxpayers in the United Kingdom completed their payments to some owners who said they incurred losses due to slavery being abolished.
In response to the 2015 push, there was a rebuttal from historian Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, who said that England already made their payment and more when slaves were given their freedom.
A spur in interest towards reparation, occurred again in the year 2020 when over 20,000 people signed a petition online, to push for the Trans-Atlantic slave trade compensation.
In response to the slow but sequential moves towards gaining payback, a spokesperson from the UK Government’s treasurer’s office stated that even though it was not originally in their plan to give slave descendants reparation, they have felt great sorrow for what took place.