BVI, Caribbeanand International News

It is 2023, not 1823 - Time to stand up!

It is 2023, not 1823 - Time to stand up!

Around the world, most colonies, have been fed a steady diet of sanitised history for centuries. Historical inaccuracies that had us believing that Columbus actually discovered the “new world,” that there were no Central American civilizations steeped in sciences, or that Sir Francis Drake was a benevolent soul worthy of adoration.

Truthfully, it is a challenge for people to accept that they were told lies. So, it is understandable when people make remarks based on their own historical misunderstandings.

Recently someone made a comment that colonialism in many OTs cannot be compared to other places, as there were no indigenous persons in the “smaller islands” when the Europeans settled. Essentially the claim was / is that unlike places such as Central America or Asia, they did not have to kill anyone in order to take those islands.

In one regard they are completely correct. One cannot steal what does not belong to anyone else. It is simply there for the picking. Yet on the other hand, history records evidence of indigenous persons in places such as; Montserrat, the Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos.

So, what happened to them? Another fable is that Africans and Indigenous persons from Central and South America choose to settle in these islands during the colonial era.

The truth is the only persons who initially voluntarily got into ships in order to settle in the region prior to 1834, were those of English / European origin. The Caribbean’s colonial history cannot be romanticized to the point that we have persons attempting to say that both Indigenous Americans and Africans up and choose to leave their vast continental homelands in order to “settle” as enslaved persons on plantations throughout the region.

European colonial powers traded human cargo just as they traded salt and sugar. These humans were shipped from ports along the east coast of America, the West Coast of Africa and other Islands in the Caribbean. Their treatment was less than humane, as per the fact that the life expectancy of persons, once enslaved, was less than seven years.

These are the Historical truths that cannot be prettied up.

Sir Francis Drake was a pirate and slave owner. He should not be viewed as a hero.

Hands in our pockets

Those that will attempt to say colonialism in the past are, either not aware of current events or are intellectually dishonest.

As recently as February 2019, the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) of the UK House of Commons put forward recommendations to force the OTs to allow British Citizens, residing in the OTs, to run for office in our islands and vote in our elections. Essentially, the return of political gerrymandering. Newsflash, these are still the aims of the present Conservative government.

Are we able to legislate who can vote in UK elections? Now, ask yourselves why do they want their citizens to vote in our elections?

Again, in June of 2019, it was the House of Commons and House of Lords of the United Kingdom that put an “Order in Council” that attempted to “force” the Overseas Territories (OTs) to provide Public Registers of Beneficial Owners. Ironically, at the same time, there was no such legislation put in place for the UK or the Crown Dependencies. 

So, who really stood to benefit financially from this colonial overreach?

Understandably, there are many varying perspectives on these topics. Some are steeped in facts, some based on romantic fables. However, it is a sign of political and social immaturity on the part of those who attempt to deny both our historical and present-day vastly unequal relationship with the UK.

Furthermore, we have an inalienable right to discuss these issues that affect us. More importantly, we have a fundamental duty in every OT to seek constitutional advancements. Anything less than that we are giving a free pass to those who have always put their own economic and political interests ahead of ours.

Folks it is now 2023, not 1823. Time to stand up.

Related Articles

Tesla reported record profits and record revenues for 2022
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre Photo Is Fake: Ghislaine Maxwell
Opinion | Israel’s Supreme Court Claims a Veto on Democracy
Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Gets Married On His 93rd Birthday
Who’s Threatening Israeli Democracy?
Federal Reserve Probes Goldman’s Consumer Business
China's first population drop in six decades
Microsoft is finalising plans to become the latest technology giant to reduce its workforce during a global economic slowdown
China's foreign ministry branch in Hong Kong urges British gov't to stop the biased and double standards Hong Kong report
Tesla slashes prices globally by as much as 20 percent
1.4 Million Copies Of Prince Harry's Memoir 'Spare' Sold On 1st Day In UK
After Failing To Pay Office Rent, Twitter May Sell User Names
Lisa Marie Presley, singer and daughter of Elvis, dies aged 54
FIFA president questioned by prosecutors
Britain's Sunak breaks silence and admits using private healthcare
Hype and backlash as Harry's memoir goes on sale. Unnamed royal source says prince 'kidnapped by cult of psychotherapy and Meghan'
Saudi Arabia set to overtake India as fastest-growing major economy this year 
Google and Facebook’s dominance in digital ads challenged by rapid ascent of Amazon and TikTok
FTX fraud investigators are digging deeper into Sam Bankman-Fried's inner circle – and reportedly have ex-engineer Nishad Singh in their sights
TikTok CEO Plans to Meet European Union Regulators
UK chaos: Hong Kong emigrants duped by false prospectus
France has banned the online sale of paracetamol until February, citing ongoing supply issues
Japan reportedly to give families 1 million yen per child to move out of Tokyo
Will Canada ever become a real democracy?
Hong Kong property brokerages slash payrolls in choppy market
U.S. Moves to Seize Robinhood Shares, Silvergate Accounts Tied to FTX
Effect of EU sanctions on Moscow is ‘less than zero’ – Belgian MEP
Coinbase to Pay $100 Million in Settlement With New York Regulator
FTX assets worth $3.5bn held by Bahamas securities regulator
A Republican congressman-elect is under investigation in New York after he admitted he lied about his education and work experience.
Brazilian football legend Pele, arguably the greatest player ever, has died at the age of 82.
Hong Kong to scrap almost all its Covid rules
EU calls screening of travellers from China unjustified
US imposes Covid testing for visitors from China
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Addresses Joint Session of Congress - FULL SPEECH
If a country is denied the right to independence by another, it is not in a union. It is in a dictatorship.
Where is Rishi? Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's excuses about the UK's economic challenges just don't make sense
Former FTX CEO Bankman-Fried finally arrested in Bahamas after U.S. files charges
Corruption works: House Financial Services Chair Waters doesn't plan to subpoena her donor, Sam Bankman-Fried, to testify at hearing on FTX collapse
Ronaldo's new contract...
Prince William's godmother resigns honorary royal role after exposing her/their racism
British PM Rishi Sunak pledges further action on strikes to 'protect lives'
Tax fraud verdict again exposes illusion of Trump the master businessman
Tax fraud verdict again exposes illusion of Trump the master businessman.
Double standards: UK lawmakers attack EU chief over Ireland claims
Yellen hints at ‘national security’ probe into Twitter purchase
Elon Musk reinstates Donald Trump's Twitter account.
George W. Bush and Barack Obama will hold back-to-back disinformation conferences
Mission Improbable: Tom Cruise & Queen Elizabeth
Miss Argentina and Miss Puerto Rico are not single anymore