THE EDITOR, Sir:
I totally support Member of Parliament Mike Henry's call for reparations to be paid to the Jamaican people by the British Empire and, I add, Spanish monarchy, for the wealth of human and natural resources they extorted and extracted from our ancestors in centuries past. I have noted also that a similar call is being made by CARICOM for its member states. That, also, is in order, and I fully endorse it.
I find it appalling that the colonisers of yesteryear have seemingly become the saints of today and are typically the first to call out current atrocities in other countries.
It is well to point the finger when one is innocent, but how brazen it is to do so while absolving yourself of your own heinous historic crimes against humanity. Not only that, but these First-World countries now pontificate, even demand, for reparations to be made in some cases of other countries, while neglecting to do the same to those they have dehumanised, debilitated, and devastated.
I am using this medium to appeal to the Government of Jamaica to draft and submit an official request to these countries for reparations to be made for their enslavement of our African ancestors. I urge that they make this a matter of priority in asking them to do the right thing.
CANUTE BIRCH (PhD)