Sugar Cane Alley: Caribbean Nations' Exploitation

Good Essays
Slavery, Colonialism and Neo- colonialism had caused immeasurable damage to billions of people throughout the world. The slave trade involved the brutal relocation of hundred-millions of people in which families, communities and societies were destroyed and millions lose their lives in harsher conditions. In the meantime, slavery became the fundamental element, which strengthened retail trade and the fast gathering of capital constructed the groundwork of development of the capitalist system. Colonialism further caused the oppression of enslaved people by capturing their lands and subjecting them to the rule of colonial powers. The article, “Caribbean Nations to Seek Reparations, Putting Price on Damage of Slavery”, by Stephen Castle, shows both the side of reparations in which Caribbean nations lawyer Mr. Martyn Day says that Britain has to pay for what they have done. On the other side, Mr. Hague says that Britain had already paid the compensation to the victims of slavery and Britain cannot see “Reparation is the answer” (4). In short, slavery and colonialism had created an enough wounds on the victim’s ancestors that today Caribbean nations are asking for reparations from Britain and France. This paper will discuss the reasons behind the demand for reparations that emerged from slavery and colonialism and will also highlight the current economic condition of the Caribbean nations.
Slavery was an atrocity born from the depth of the darkest part of Human soul. In the video “Egalite for All” we witnessed the emergence of the Haitian revolution, gigantic and massive protest against slavery. Nevertheless, this protest was created by colonizers because they were selling African men, women and children’s for their own benefits. They...

... middle of paper ...

... Caribbean nations.
In conclusion, by taking the reparations from countries like Britain, Spain and France, these Caribbean countries may be able to stabilize their current economic conditions. However, regretting is not enough for Caribbean countries because colonizers had already created instability in these areas, which needed to be remedied. Thus, reparation to the victim’s family is the only solution left for the colonizers.

Works Cited

Castle, Stephen. "Caribbean Nations to Seek Reparations, Putting Price on Damage of Slavery." Editorial. The New York Times. The New York Times Company, 20 Oct. 2013.
Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin, White Masks. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Print.
Life and Debt. N.d. DVR.
Prince, Mary. "THE HISTORY OF MARY PRINCE, A WEST INDIAN SLAVE. (Rated by Herself.)." The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 1-71.Print.