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Trillion-dollar reparations claim a joke

Published:Wednesday | September 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: I must admit that the Observer gave me a really good laugh with the headline about reparations. Which European government is ever going to be in its right mind to help pay the Caribbean £7.3 trillion, especially at a time when many of these same European countries are broke? I ready enjoyed the laugh!

The Observer article was based on a British programme, 'The Empire Pays Back', that was hosted by a Dr Robert Beckford. Interestingly, while the goodly doctor was blaming the British for all the ills of the black race, he forgot to mention the role that Africans played. Indeed, he went as far as to claim that the Africans shouldn't pay anything because they didn't benefit!

You know, I am always amazed by the rants of these blacks in Britain, who are demanding reparations for slavery. Most of them would rather die than leave the comforts of Britain and go back to Africa. Why must they constantly bite the hand that is feeding them?

For those who don't already know, one of the major obstacles that would prevent Britain from paying reparations is the simple fact that slavery was very much a legal institution at the time. Article 7 of the European Convention on Human Rights makes any European Union state not liable for any criminal act today that was not a crime when that act was being perpetrated. In other words, the convention frees any European country from being liable for slavery.

I long for the day when we blacks will take charge of our own destiny. Enough of these poorly disguised attempts to guilt the Europeans into giving us more handouts! We need to grow up!

MICHAEL A. DINGWALL

michael_a_dingwall@hotmail.com