Queen Elizabeth is being ordered to pay billions of pounds in slave reparations to Jamaica by a Jamaican politician.
The Express reported that the Queen, 95, has the official title of Queen of Jamaica, as the nation is within the British Commonwealth. Because she is the head of state of the United Kingdom, Jamaica is demanding reparations from her.
“We are especially pleased to announce that we have made further steps in our strides towards seeking reparatory justice for the victims and descendants of the transatlantic slave trade,” said Jamaican politician Olivia “Babsy” Grange, who is the Culture Minister of the nation.
“The petition is to be presented to the Queen of the UK and or the Government of the UK,” she continued. “The Attorney General’s chambers would need to weigh up the merits of the petition in the eventuality of the government of Jamaica’s involvement in the petition. It would be the responsibility of the Attorney General’s chambers to file the petition on behalf of the people of Jamaica.”
Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, historian and founder of the British Monarchists Society, does not agree that reparations should be paid.
“Britain has already paid its share and then some the price of freedom for Jamaica’s slaves,” Mace-Archer-Mills said. “There needs to come a day where individuals, peoples, and the nations of today need to take accountability for themselves. They need to take accountability for their own actions and situations, and stop blaming centuries-old dead people and less savoury histories of the past.”
The British National Archives has documents stating that, “Portugal and Britain were the two most ‘successful’ slave-trading countries. They accounted for about 70 percent of all Africans transported to the Americas. Britain was the most dominant between 1640 and 1807 when the British slave trade was abolished.”
The United Kingdom outlawed 1807 with the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. However, it was not until the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act that slavery itself was called to a halt. This law brought about a slave compensation package that was paid exclusively to slave owners for compensation of losing their “property,” which is what slaves were considered as at the time.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Queen will need to pay reparations to Jamaica.
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