“THE COLONIZED CARIBBEAN HAS TAKEN CENTER STAGE” … to the oppressing nations!
Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI), and leading Caribbean historian, Sir Hilary Beckles issued the following statement on the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria:
“Hurricane Irma’s fury preceded Maria’s by a deadly Caribbean second. Together they constitute the familiar sound of death and destruction reminiscent of a colonial past that clings to the present and is determined to possess and own the Caribbean future.
The chain linked imperial legacy that still imprisons the islands, keeping them politically fragmented and economically divided, was exposed as both cause and effect of a fragile region still feeling the presence of an imperial ethos that assigns to them a reality of structural dependency. Irma-Maria blew away the roof of the long and ongoing imperial cover up, and critically, was revelatory of the horrific history that dwells in the ruins of the present.
The destruction is an instruction for the survivors…
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