ICAR wants Prince to address reparations

ICAR wants Prince to address reparations

The Iyanola Council for the Advancement of Rastafari (ICAR) has welcomed the visit here of Prince Henry, but feels that he should address the issue of reparations for slavery.

“ICAR, as a diplomatic organization, we welcome the visit of the Prince to our shores, however we have our issues as far as the British Monarchy is concerned and key among them is reparations,” ICAR’s Public Relations Officer, Aaron ‘Ras Iron’ Alexander told the Times.

Alexander said ICAR was hoping that the authorities here, including Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, do not “choke up” when the issue of reparations is raised.

He described reparations as a valid issue which the visiting Prince should address and sate clearly his position.

Alexander said reparations is a matter being pursued by Caricom with a National Reparations Committee in place locally.

“I am hoping that somebody within that sphere of things, either from the level of the Prime Minister or the National Reparations Committee in Saint Lucia, can take the time to pose the question to the Prince concerning his plans and his views on the matter of reparations,” the ICAR official stated.

Alexander said his organization was also keen to know the UK’s position on the decriminalization of marijuana.

He described the issue as a “hot topic” in Saint Lucia and the rest of the Caribbean.

Alexander referred to the stand the United States is taking on the marijuana issue, asserting that the USA is going full steam ahead.

“We are hoping that these kinds of questions could be asked of the Prince – if or should Saint Lucia go that route would there be any repercussions from Britain; how he views these kinds of issues,” he told the Times.

Alexander said the Rastafarian community and specifically ICAR would like Prince Henry to be questioned on such matters.

He said ICAR would like to know what the Prince is bringing to Saint Lucia which has to spend money to host him.

“What is in it for us?” Alexander asked.

He said:

“I heard about a cricket game – the Prime Minister’s eleven against the Prince’s eleven; all of that is well and good, but at the end of the day what is the visit really going to do for us that we have not been able to do for ourselves?”

Alexander questioned whether the visit of the Prince would raise Saint Lucia’s profile in the world.

“We have Daren Sammy is doing that for us, Levern Spencer is doing that for us – so we have our own national heroes, our own national treasures in Saint Lucia that are already raising our visibility in the world so what really is his visit about?” He told the Times.

He questioned whether the Prince’s visit was an attempt to stamp more British authority on the Caribbean when the region has already undergone a divorce from the UK through independence and the British have not given the Caribbean a dime in reparations for years of abuse and brutality during the slave trade.

 

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19 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    November 25, 2016 at 2:40 pm Reply

    The prince did not come to stlu for that

    1. Anonymous
      November 26, 2016 at 11:06 am Reply

      Whats did he come for? To wipe his feet on yall slaves just like in colonial times!!!..lucians are and will always be OBEDIENT SLAVES!!!!

      1. Anonymous
        November 26, 2016 at 6:44 pm Reply

        What does this guy have to do with slavery? We blacks people are mentally enslave cannot forgot a centuries old event. Why can’t we be like the Chinese and forgot about terrible past and become a power in the world economically.

        1. Anonymous
          November 26, 2016 at 10:01 pm Reply

          You dumb dumb…his family endorsed slavery…and i think the economic oppression black ppl face has been handed down by them….imagine 400years of not being schooled…we are behind…but i dont expect u to realise u just a naive slave

  2. Son of Helen
    November 25, 2016 at 3:33 pm Reply

    ICAR should ask the British Government, not the Monarchy. Her Majesty is above politics, she is also the Head of State of Saint Lucia and Harry is just representing her.

    1. Nkrumah
      November 25, 2016 at 5:46 pm Reply

      As Head of State she said be made to answer this. As her representative it is right to ask him. Also given that the British Royal Family benefitted and participated directly in the trade, I think it is quite right to ask him.

    2. Afrikan
      November 25, 2016 at 5:50 pm Reply

      wasn’t it not the british monarchy who exploited our islands for hundreds of years?

  3. ...
    November 25, 2016 at 3:38 pm Reply

    LOL…..LOL…LOL and they say Rastas have no jokes.

    1. Anonymous
      November 26, 2016 at 11:09 am Reply

      From your comment…you must be a clown cause you sound like [REMOVED BY ADMIN]

  4. Dacobs
    November 25, 2016 at 4:14 pm Reply

    All four of yous lot are apologists for the slave masters and would rather the whole question of reparation was squashed. Sometimes I think these people wouldn’t mind being enslaved the very same way again. What a pity!

    I say a big Hail up to ICAR. If the civil servant strike of 1978/79 taught me anything, those ridiculing that struggle more often than not stands to be the biggest beneficiaries. They make me sick!

  5. armchair anonymous
    November 25, 2016 at 9:44 pm Reply

    If “they” make you sick, Dacobs – take a “chill pill”.

  6. Calvin
    November 26, 2016 at 8:50 am Reply

    This visit is an entirely inappropriate occasion for ICAR to whine about getting a hand-out which will not right the past nor will include a thorough net cost-benefit analysis to both the islands as well at Great Britian.

    There are mechanisms in place for making the request, and, per earlier media articles, there is a CARICOM committee already chasing this.

    While ICAR was making their Call for the Prince to address reparations, did ICAR also make relevant, cost-based apologies to Great Britain for the damage in terms of lives lost, families destroyed, and incarceration costs due to our impact on them, which is on-going, by shipping them our home-grown marijuana and trans-shipping them Central and South American cocaine? Let’s see them apologize for that. Hypocrites.

    The purpose of the visit was clearly for sharing goodwill, and not for any policy discussions. And if ICAR was better informed, they would be aware that the prince has zero mandate to speak on behalf of his country on such matters. Gove it a rest and start minding better our own backyard, please.

    1. Anonymous
      November 26, 2016 at 9:20 pm Reply

      Very well said. Unfortunately all they want is to be taken back to the days of slavery instead of moving on. When segregation and all the race riots were heavy in the US, St Lucia was moving past that with no problem. Yet we insist on having that mentality of being enslaved and looking for handouts. Now ICAR, instead of going through the proper channels to discuss any such policy, have made themselves no better than the average jombie begging on the streets for a handout. Way to set a cause back guys. Good job

      1. Calvin
        November 27, 2016 at 7:49 am Reply

        Seemingly, all that is left for ICAR is to proverbially start waving the “Black Lives Matter” flag and finally finish the job of destroying any last few shreds of reputation and credibility that they had.

        As you articulately put it, “Way to set a cause back guys.” You hit the nail squarely on the head.

  7. Wsr Hru Maat
    November 27, 2016 at 8:14 pm Reply

    I am truly ashamed and disgusted by some comments here. Those chastizing ICAR are a most putrid bunch. Firstly. Where is your culture? We have none. RASTAFARI is the closest thing to it. Roast breadfruits. Those with European minds. Staunch capitalists with no god or culture. They ignore our ancestors and with such small minds dont see their predicament in the world today. We still serve the European as the service industry is what we have been reduced to. To the dummies ,the African ,though you would think yourselves st lucian out of ignorance mistaking ethnicity with nationality. Neo-Colonialism still exists today. Why you all try your damdest to encapsulate the society in a bubble ,we are still diasporean africans with no knowledge of self. The fight continues in Africa today….as we speak. Nyerere Sankara jomo kenyatta…and the list goes on.Let’s not forget them. The education or i should more properly say the training you have received has ill prepared you all to build a society of integrity and honor. Selfish capitalists who have not a clue of the past and how it relates to us today being in such a deplorable position. Bare this in mind my deranged family, the same IMF and World bank we are indebted to arw the very same ones who killed off the Taino, destroyed Aiyiti , removed us from the pages of history and stole all what they have today from the indigenous. With the sell of just the queens golden carriage it can stop world poverty. Think of that before tippin your hats. I swear . Some of us are the ones standing in the way of our progress. They dont even know the purpose of life. So so sad.

  8. Wsr Hru Maat
    November 27, 2016 at 8:29 pm Reply

    You teach your children about Marcus Garvey? How about Toussaint or Dessalines or Blyden or CLR James or Eric Williams or Padmore or Bishop or Rodney? You may not have a clue as you were never taught. Can la rose and la margerite give the children a solid foundation to not be swept away in the world of immorality, godless capitalism and religious decadence? The youth await you dinasaurs to disappear so the true work of God to be done here and once again return to maat

  9. Tehuti Heru
    November 27, 2016 at 8:47 pm Reply

    Ignorance is the worst disease. Give thanks for light wsr . Give thanks for the voice in the wilderness. Shame on them who take good for bad and bad for good. Shame on them who knows not who they are.

    Hotep

  10. Wsr Hru Maat
    November 27, 2016 at 9:21 pm Reply

    Ankh m maat nsw. In our midst walked one of the greats of pan africanism. Sir Arthur Lewis. He would be ashamed as well. Why are those who lack knowledge of the past leaders? Can they have any incling , any notion of what is to come? Are we planning for the next 100 years or even fifty? Sn/Brother, we have work to do. They think that everyone sails the ship of vanity, ego, rum drinking promiscuity and igorance in Iyanola. They have no idea.

  11. Wsr Hru Maat
    November 27, 2016 at 9:32 pm Reply

    Talking of segregation and riots. How foolish. We made up 95% of the population. Slavery days are still here. Ask the hotel workers. Ask the teachers if they still dont teach of the glory of Colon ,De Gama , Hawkins. The golden hind a slave ship still on our money. Their simple comforts and pleasures of temporary fulfillment makes them think they are rulers of their own destiny. Lol. Economic power is not political power. Wonder why Syrians chinese and indians are never seen in the survival politics? Cos their culture glues them together and they know that difference all too well. Change first comes from the land of cause….the mind , the subjective And our minds are weak uninspired and lazy.

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