The irony of Bri­tain as colony

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -


BRI­TAIN IS headed for the sta­tus of ‘ colony’ to the Euro­pean Union, Boris John­son has warned, just hours af­ter news broke of his res­ig­na­tion as for­eign sec­re­tary, ef­fec­tive July 9, 2018.

“We are truly headed for the sta­tus of a colony – and many will strug­gle to see the eco­nomic or po­lit­i­cal ad­van­tage of that par­tic­u­lar ar­range­ment,” John­son said in his res­ig­na­tion state­ment.

The ironies of his­tory are many. How­ever, the warn­ing that Great Bri­tain is un­der the threat of be­com­ing a colony must stand out as the irony of the cen­tur y. We, i n Ja­maica, are among cit­i­zens of the 63 coun­tries ruled for cen­turies by Bri­tain as their colony.


Bri­tain is now fear­ing the same im­pe­ri­al­ism she prac­tised af­ter in­vad­ing in­dige­nous peo­ples’ home­lands, cap­tur­ing them, and declar­ing t hem Bri­tish ter­ri­to­ries, fla­grantly prac­tis­ing its no­to­ri­ous mightis-right poli­cies upon the weak and de­fence­less peo­ples of the world. That which is threat­en­ing tobe the mildest form of colo­nial­ism is now scar­ing the day­lights out of a na­tion that prac­tised the most ex­treme form of colo­nial­ism on al­most half of the world for cen­turies! Worse yet, Bri­tain, in some of her cap­tured‘ ter­ri­to­ries ’, setup labour camps where her cit­i­zens were en­riched from the en­slave­ment of mil­lions of peo­ple from the con­ti­nent of Africa.

When sugar was no longer eco­nom­i­cal, she was com­pelled to ‘free’ the en­slaved, com­pen­sat­ing her cit­i­zens for their loss of our labour, and thereby chang­ing the mode of eco­nomic plun­der from chat­tel slav­ery to colo­nial rule.

Paul Bogle, the son of an en­slaved man, felt the ter­ror of Bri­tish colo­nial­ism when, 27 years af­ter slav­ery’s abo­li­tion, she ex­e­cuted 400 res­i­dents of St Thomas, in­clud­ing a Bap­tist dea­con, and a mem­ber of the Assem­bly (Par­lia­ment) for dar­ing to raise their voices against colo­nial rule!

We un­der­stand more than you do, Boris John­son, that colo­nial­ism ‘nuh pretty ’. Your les­son learnt from all of this is “don’t do unto oth­ers that which you would not like done unto you”.

Repa­ra­tion now, we say!

BERT SAMUELS Mem­ber Repa­ra­tion Coun­cil of Ja­maica

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