What Would You Say to David Cameron if You Got a Chance to Meet Him?
The visit of United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron to Jamaica has placed the issue of reparations on the front burner. For many persons, a chance meeting with Cameron would serve as the perfect opportunity to raise the issue, so The Gleaner took to the streets to ask grade-nine students at the Windward Road Primary and Junior High School what they would say to the UK PM if they got the opportunity to meet him.
If I had a chance to meet David Cameron, the first thing I would address is why we have to ask for reparations. We should not have to ask; he should take the steps to pay us reparations for what his ancestors did.
I would say to him that he should take the demands for reparations seriously.
I would ask him to apologise for slavery and take steps to make reparations to Jamaica.
I would say to him that even though he was not around at the time of slavery, he is the prime minister of the UK, and he himself benefited from the wealth accumulated [through] slavery ... so he should be the one to say his ancestors were wrong and reparations should be made.
I would say, 'Even though you were not around at that the time of slavery, now that you are the prime minister of the United Kingdom, you should seek to make reparations' ... because our crime rate is high and our economy is not doing so well so we need a little help.